Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America

Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America

by Nora Shalaway Carpenter (Editor)

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Overview

Think you know what rural America is like? Discover a plurality of perspectives in this enlightening anthology of stories that turns preconceptions on their head.

Gracie sees a chance of fitting in at her South Carolina private school, until a “white trash”–themed Halloween party has her steering clear of the rich kids. Samuel’s Tejano family has both stood up to oppression and been a source of it, but now he’s ready to own his true sexual identity. A Puerto Rican teen in Utah discovers that being a rodeo queen means embracing her heritage, not shedding it. . . .

For most of America’s history, rural people and culture have been casually mocked, stereotyped, and, in general, deeply misunderstood. Now an array of short stories, poetry, graphic short stories, and personal essays, along with anecdotes from the authors’ real lives, dives deep into the complexity and diversity of rural America and the people who call it home. Fifteen extraordinary authors—diverse in ethnic background, sexual orientation, geographic location, and socioeconomic status—explore the challenges, beauty, and nuances of growing up in rural America. From a mountain town in New Mexico to the gorges of New York to the arctic tundra of Alaska, you’ll find yourself visiting parts of this country you might not know existed—and meet characters whose lives might be surprisingly similar to your own.

Featuring contributors:
David Bowles
Joseph Bruchac
Veeda Bybee
Nora Shalaway Carpenter
Shae Carys
S. A. Cosby
Rob Costello
Randy DuBurke
David Macinnis Gill
Nasugraq Rainey Hopson
Estelle Laure
Yamile Saied Méndez
Ashley Hope Pérez
Tirzah Price
Monica Roe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536212105
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 176,605
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nora Shalaway Carpenter is a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program and is the author of the young adult novel The Edge of Anything and the picture book Yoga Frog. Previously, she worked as associate editor of Wonderful West Virginia magazine and has been a certified yoga teacher since 2012. Originally from West Virginia, Nora Shalaway Carpenter currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, three young children, and the world's most patient dog and cat.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

The (Unhealthy) Breakfast Club Monica Roe 1

The Hole of Dark Kill Hollow Rob Costello 22

A Border Kid Comes of Age David Bowles 45

Fish and Fences Veeda Bybee 62

Close Enough Nora Shalaway Carpenter 83

Whiskey and Champagne S. A. Cosby 106

What Home Is Ashley Hope Pérez 117

Island Rodeo Queen Yamile Saied Méndez 129

Grandpa Randy DuBurke 152

Best in Show Tirzah Price 172

Praise the Lord and Pass the Little Debbies David Macinnis Gill 198

The Cabin Nasugraq Rainey Hopson 212

Black Nail Polish Shae Carys 227

Secret Menu Veeda Bybee 247

Pull Up a Seat Around the Stove Joseph Bruchac 259

Home Waits Estelle Laure 279

About the Contributors 301

Acknowledgments 318

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