Anybody Shining by Frances O'Roark Dowell. A girl discovers there are many ways of being true in this magnificent ode to handwritten letters and the shining power of friendship, set in the Appalachian mountains of 1920s North Carolina.
Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail, by Louise Shiver. Set in Roxboro tobacco country, it was named best first novel of the year by USA Today in 1983. Reviews cite her beautiful language as "prose to die for," and say her book will make you want to catch the next bus to North Carolina just to find such a place!
Mystery books that take place in North Carolina, including the Southern Quilting Mystery Series, Elizabeth Goodweather, who solves crimes while seeding her crops, and the Magnolia series whose protagonist preserves historic homes.