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"Turn left where Otha’s one-room store used to be and the poplars get thicker, drive past Mt. Zion Baptist Church and across the concrete bridge and on up the holler. You’ll be able to see Green River if you stretch your neck but don’t expect something out of a picture book. It’s brown, plumb full of mosquitoes, water moccasins galore.
Go to the end of the road and on up
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Kindle Edition, 21 pages
Published December 3rd 2013
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Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of short stories about African-Americans
This is a short story with a lot of character and emotion. Taking place in the backwoods of Kentucky where it looks as if there are no black people living, a tragedy happens and effects a family and all of the black community. Moreover, it effects greatly one person in particular. This is a story that says things without saying them. That's what's so significative about Holler. Beautifully written and a heart-breaking, Crystal Wilkerson makes us feel and experience a bit of the Kentucky life.
Jenny Bunting
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This short story single-handedly saved the #30Booksin30Days project. Thanks to Didi for reading this today and rating it on Goodreads. It was a sign.

This short story packs some punch for being only 20 some-odd pages. It shows how one tragic event can have a ripple effect and how not one person was victimized but the whole family and the community. It's a well-crafted story and well-written. However, I did not completely understand the aggression of one character in particular so I had to rate it
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T.L. Cooper
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Holler is first and foremost a story of family. It's about the kind of family that you find in the hollers of Kentucky. People who grow up with a kind of kinship that binds them against outsiders even when it's not necessarily in their best interests. Holler is a multi-layered story that feels simple in the read but hits on myriad and complex emotions throughout. In this short story, Wilkinson deftly immerses the reader in interactions that point out preconceptions about country people, city ...more
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I like how this story shows that was is being said is just as important as what is not being said. It was wonderful!
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Crystal Wilkinson was born in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1962 and raised in Indian Creek, Kentucky. Her grandparents, Silas and Christine Wilkinson, took her into their care when she was six weeks old. Often describing herself as a country girl, Wilkinson's work reflects a love and homage to her Appalachian roots. She recalls growing up on her grandparent's farm where her grandfather planted tobacco and ...more
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