Appalachia Now: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia

By Larry Smith, Charles Dodd White, and Chris Offutt



Appalachia verite...This fine collection edited and introduced by Charles Dodd White and Larry Smith includes this short fiction:

"On the Road with C.T. Savage" by Meredith Sue Willis, "Burning Off into Forever" by David Joy, "The Wife You Wanted" by Marie Manilla, "Wild Kind" by Matt Brock, "The Hanging" by Darnell Arnoult, "Confluence" by Mesha Maren, "Covered Bridge" by Taylor Brown, "Obituary" by Jacinda Townsend, "Cell-Life" by Carrie Mullins, "The Hawkins Boy" by Charles Dodd White, "White Freightliner Blues" by Jon Sealy, "That Familiar Ache" by Savannah Sipple, "Monkey Proof" by Rusty Barnes, "Echolocation" by Mark Powell, "A Story to Tell" by Chris Holbrook, "Back Porch" by Chris Offutt

Product Details

Price: $18.00
Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
Published Date: June 07, 2015
Pages: 178
Dimensions: 6.0 X 0.41 X 9.0 inches | 0.59 pounds
ISBN: 9781933964850
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About the Author

Larry Smith is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Few and the Proud and Beyond Glory. The latter was adapted into a major Broadway play by Stephen Lang. Smith lives in South Norwalk, Connecticut.
Charles Dodd White was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in both the city and the woods. He is the author of the novels A Shelter of Others (2014) and Lambs of Men (2010), as well as the story collection Sinners of Sanction County (2011). Co-editor of two volumes of contemporary Appalachian fiction, Degrees of Elevation (2010) and Appalachia Now (2015), he is currently at work on a new novel called Hurt River. He is an Assistant Professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Chris Offutt grew up in Haldeman, Kentucky, population 200, in the eastern hills. He has published 6 books set in Kentucky. He also wrote screenplays for True Blood, Weeds, and Treme. His work is included in many textbooks and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and The Pushcart Prize, 2017. His most recent book is My Father, the Pornographer, from Simon & Schuster.


Appalachia Now hops on the back of a motorcycle for a wild ride through the hills we know best�Vicco, Hazard, branches, mine access roads. Fiddle tunes and black lung and the photoelectric gleam of stars. But these haunting stories take us way beyond the familiar. They are as skillfully wrought with the visible world as they are with the luminous being in the hollow of a cupped hand. I couldn�t put this book down and when I did, my heart ached to step back inside the pages. Karen McElmurray

In the Appalachian Fiction Series...This book is a sequel to our Degrees of Elevation anthology. �Degrees of Elevation provides a variety of characters portrayed in their deepest and most exposed moments. You aren't likely to forget their stories�.a wonderful collection that deserves to be read, savored, and remembered.� From New York Journal of Book Review//

�Hard, brilliant, and dark as coal, this brand new and necessary volume captures Appalachia today, a place where the old bedrock verities of family, community, belief, work, and the earth itself are all in painful �Upheaval�--to use the title of Chris Holbrook's story herein. From manic to elegiac to rough, raw, beautiful, and heartbreaking, these stories will strike the reader as both absolutely true and as unforgettable, like the high pure ring of an ax on a cold winter morning, vibrating across distance, hanging in the air long afterward.� Lee Smith, author of Saving Grace
Appalachia Now is an essential and necessary collection of stories. For too many, the people of Appalachia are little more than stereotypes. Appalachia Now undoes that injustice by representing the real people of Appalachia today without forgetting that we can�t help but be shaped by our geography. Appalachia is as much a character here as are any of these diverse, complex, troubled characters. This collection is a delving�an invitation into a world often represented by pop culture, but seldom as authentically nor as skillfully as by the writers herein. Jeff Vande Zande, author of American Poet.....// �The geologic entry to the Appalachian foothills� had a foreboding quality, a warning to travelers that the world beyond was very different.� So states Chris Offutt in his story, �Back Porch.� His and other stories collected in Appalachia Now serve to hammer the point home like a coal miner�s pick or a fist to the jaw.� Christina Lovin, author of Echo: Poems