“This scalpel-sharp novel cuts swiftly (and for the reader, breathlessly) through the thin layer of America’s pretend-righteousness, to expose the bloody violence that fuels our consumption and still directs our lives. One epic century’s lies are pulled off like an animal skin by this skilled hunter. Kass Fleisher’s people live inside American violence longer than they live in their houses. Amazingly, they remain tender and true. Dead Woman Hollow takes its place alongside True Grit, My Antonia, and Deliverance, as a take-no-prisoners classic in the American grain.” Andrei Codrescu, author of Whatever Gets You through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments
Dead Woman Hollowby Kass Fleisher
The novel spans three generations of women's lives connected by geography and history.
Dead Woman Hollow, a shady glade named for a rattlesnake-bit mother left to die in 1908, is a novel that testifies to the true grit that is a birthright of the women of Northern Appalachia's remote mountain areas-a beautiful and brutal land with a culture hostile to change.
The novel spans three generations of women's lives connected by geography and history. It begins during World War I, when a Philadelphian pro-suffrage group attempts to bring their replica Liberty Bell to every one of the sixty-seven county seats in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, drawing the interest of a young woman with a mysterious past. Then during the Depression, a headstrong girl finds the means to feed her sisters, her cousin, and her stepfather, even as the latter scours the region looking for work to stave off starvation. And in the waning years of the Reagan Era, two lesbian hikers are stalked by a local mountain man. Propelled by prose that is as stylistically stark as the events it depicts, this novel is testament to the enduring mettle of women who find themselves at the crosshairs of history and circumstance.
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Meet the Author
Kass Fleisher is Associate Professor of English at Illinois State University. She is the author of Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman; The Adventurous; Accidental Species; and The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History, also published by SUNY Press.
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