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About the Author
Bonnie Proudfoot moved to the Appalachian region in 1979 and has lived there since, teaching for many years at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. She is a fiction writer, a poet, and a glass artist. This is her first book.
"Goshen Road is rich with life and characters who command our attention. These beautiful intertwined stories introduce a wise and wonderful voice."--Gail Galloway Adams, author of The Purchase of Order
"It takes no more than the opening sentence of Goshen Road to bring vividly to life the ruggedly forested mountains of West Virginia and the resolute people who make their lives among them. Told alternately through the voices of a family, Proudfoot does not merely allow readers to witness her characters' lives, but brings us among them as visitors. Her characters are not the "other," an archetype that is the bane of Appalachian Literature; they are not the meth addicts or oxycontin dealers that pollute so much of what is written about our region today. The community of Goshen Road is economically depressed, but it is not damned by impoverishment; its citizens do not suffer from 'learned helplessness.' They care for family and community and in their lives evoke the heroics of everyday struggle."--Chris Holbrook, author of Upheaval: Stories
"Goshen Road is a rich, multigenerational tale exploring women's expanding roles in a rural environment. The women are afforded few opportunities here, and they often settle for much less than they deserve, but they are resourceful and ultimately as resilient and reliable as the untamable land."--Marie Manilla, author of Weatherford Award-winning The Patron Saint of Ugly
"Proudfoot is a talented wordsmith, and her lyrical writing is the highlight of her debut novel. She details the landscape of the mountains and dirt roads with tenderness and detail, and creates complex, rich characters."--Booklist