Black Bear Creek

Black Bear Creek

by Joshua Cross PhD


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The fictional town of Black Bear Creek lies tucked in a remote hollow of the Coal River Valley in West Virginia, a region reliant on and devastated by the mining industry. The people in these stories struggle to survive against rampant poverty while their drinking water is poisoned and the mountains around them are stripped away. But amongst this bleak backdrop, they find ways to love and hope and fight. Cross's raw, spare prose reflects the barren landscape his characters inhabit as they put their bodies and lives at risk just to feed their families.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733015318
Publisher: Southeast Missouri State Univ Press
Publication date: 03/01/2021
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Joshua Cross grew up in Beckley, West Virginia, but now lives in Conway, South Carolina, where he teaches at Coastal Carolina University. His stories have appeared in Fail Better, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Evening Street Review.

Table of Contents

Dessert in the dinner hole 11

Donation 29

Hell and high water 35

Tribute 49

Those girls 63

The dog you feed 69

The mayor 85

River like iron and mud 101

Augury 113

Acknowledgements 129

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