Weedeater: An Illustrated Novel

Weedeater: An Illustrated Novel

by Robert Gipe

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Overview

Finalist, 2019 Weatherford Award (Fiction)

A finalist for the 2019 Weatherford Award in Fiction, Weedeater  is a contemporary story of love and loss told by a pair of eastern Kentucky mountaineers: Gene, the lovelorn landscaper who bears witness to the misadventures of a family entangled in drugs, artmaking, and politics, a family beset by both environmental and self-destruction; and Dawn Jewell, a young mother  searching—for lost family members, lost youth, lost community, and lost heart.

Picking up six years after the end of Robert Gipe’s acclaimed first novel, Trampoline, in Weedeater,  the reader finds Canard County living through the last hurrah of the coal industry and the most turbulent and deadly phase of the community’s battle with opioid abuse. The events Gipe chronicles are frantic. They are told through a voice by turns taciturn and angry, yet also balanced with humor and stoic grace. Weedeater  is a story about how we put our lives back together when we lose the things we thought we couldn’t bear losing, how we find new purpose in what we thought were scraps and trash caught in the weeds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821446256
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 03/14/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 890,764
File size: 34 MB
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About the Author

Robert Gipe lives and works in Harlan County, Kentucky. Pop is his third Ohio University Press novel. His first, Trampoline, won the 2016 Weatherford Award for Appalachian novel of the year. His second novel, Weedeater, was a Weatherford finalist. For the past thirty years he has worked in arts-based organizing and is the founding coproducer of the Higher Ground community performance series. He has contributed to numerous journals and anthologies, is a playwright, and is currently a script consultant on a forthcoming television show based on Beth Macy’s Dopesick. Author photo by Amelia Kirby.

Table of Contents

Contents 1. Dreadful Crash 2. Ruckus 3. Airplane Girl 4. Dry It Up 5. One Good Reason 6. Running Coal 7. Spray Paint & Burn 8. What Was What 9. Already Dead 10. Floathouse 11. Coaltown! 12. Where Witches Come From NICOLETTE Acknowledgments

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