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BACKCOUNTRY: CONTEMPORARY WRITING IN WEST VIRGINIA

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This is as closely-knit an anthology as you are ever likely to see. It is as though a large, extended family were drawing on the same store of family stories, jokes, symbols, landscapes, animals, trees, language, and vernacular. How many snakes are in this book? How many foxes, possums? Fossils? And how very many coal mines? But it is not merely local references that unite ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published August 19th 2002 by Vandalia Press
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Jeff
This is the anthology that I actually helped compile while a senior in college...look closely in the opening pages, you'll see my name!

Anyway, West Virginia has been blessed with a multitude of very talented writers and this book showcases the major players. The quality of the literature is excellent; while working on it, we spent hours digging through texts to find the very best.

Anyone wanting to learn a little more about WV from those that have lived it, this is an excellent way through fictio
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As a representation of contemporary West Virginia writing, "Backcountry" can be both unsettling and reassuring.
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