Out of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories

Out of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories

by Meredith Sue Willis

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Meredith Sue Willis’s Out of the Mountains is a collection of thirteen short stories set in contemporary Appalachia. Firmly grounded in place, the stories voyage out into the conflicting cultural identities that native Appalachians experience as they balance mainstream and mountain identities.

Willis’s stories explore the complex negotiations between longtime natives of the region and its newcomers and the rifts that develop within families over current issues such as mountaintop removal and homophobia. Always, however, the situations depicted in these stories are explored in the service of a deeper understanding of the people involved, and of the place. This is not the mythic version of Appalachia, but the Appalachia of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821443316
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Series: Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 170
Sales rank: 1,168,200
File size: 296 KB

About the Author

Meredith Sue Willis is the author of more than fifteen books, including novels for adults and children, collections of short stories, and nonfiction about the art of writing, most recently Ten Strategies to Write Your Novel. She teaches novel writing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Triangulation Pie Knob Big Boss Is Back On the Road with C. T. Savage Tara White Speak Well of the Dead Nineteen Sixty-Nine Evenings with Dotson The Little Harlots Scandalous Roy Critchfield Fellowship of Kindred Minds Elvissa and the Rabbi Afterword

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