The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart by Glenn Taylor
It was a long story and I usually only read mysteries, but I was intrigued by the title. You have to like this time period and the area to appreciate the story.
Taggart was born in the early 1900’s and raised in cola mining country of SW Virginia by a strong, mountain Widow women. His gum disease hinders him in many areas. In his youth he finds his talent in being a sharp shooter. Dealing with right and wrong, he is forced into years of seclusion in the mountains. He becomes a reader and a writer. It is an interesting story of his evolution.