The Songs of Betty Baach


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University of Massachusetts Press
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5.43 X 8.43 X 0.55 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

GLENN TAYLOR is author of the novels A Hanging at Cinder Bottom, The Marrowbone Marble Company, and The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has appeared in the Oxford American, the Guardian, Gulf Coast, Electric Literature, and Huizache, among other outlets. Born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia, Taylor now resides in Morgantown, where he is associate professor of English at West Virginia University.


"Set in Taylor's native West Virginia, this novel is divided into 'songs' that tackle different aspects of Betty's life, jumping around in time and slowly revealing a complex pattern of loss and renewal. This non-chronological structure teases out connections between the world of slavery into which Betty was born and the chaos that accompanies climate change in the 2030s . . . It demands to be read more than once."--The Washington Post

"'Bend me your ear and I'll tell you a story about everything, ' begins the wondrous Songs of Betty Baach. A genre-bender, this illustrated book spans the complexity of the world: Is it a collection, novel, parable, song cycle? Our guide here speaks with such knowing, witty, sorrowing wisdom, the voice becomes both urgent and inevitable, hallmarks of our greatest literature."--Edie Meidav, author of Another Love Discourse

"Brilliant . . . Taylor's tuned to a visionary frequency you've never heard or imagined. Get ready to fly."--Ann Pancake, author of Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley

"Glenn Taylor has one of the best ears in all of American literature. His is a rowdy, rooted, tender troubadour poet's heart."--Claire Vaye Watkins, author of I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness