Backcountry - Contemporary Writing in West Virginia
This is as closely-knit an anthology as you are ever likely to see. It is as though a large, extended family were drawing on the same store of family stories, jokes, symbols, landscapes, animals, trees, language, and vernacular. How many snakes are in this book? How many foxes, possums? Fossils? And how very many coal mines? But it is not merely local references that unites these writers. There is a larger vision that ties these works together.
"The connection is not so much in mutual influence, though there is some of that, but in each writer’s total immersion in place. Even those writers who no longer live in the state remember the feel, the physical texture, the overwhelming and enfolding vegetal surround of the place." Editor, Irene McKinney
Includes work by: Maggie Anderson, Tom Andrews, Pinckney Benedict, Richard Currey, Mark DeFoe, Victor Depta, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Denise Giardina, Davis Grubb, Lisa Kroger, Lee Maynard, John McKernan, Llewellyn McKernan, Irene McKinney, Louise McNeill, Ann Pancake, Breece D'J Pancake, Jayne Anne Phillips, Timothy Russell, Mary Lee Settle, A.E. Stringer, Meredith Sue Willis