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Jaws of Life: Stories

4.83  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In the hills of north central West Virginia, there lives a cast of characters who face all manner of problems. From the people who are incarcerated in West Virginia’s prisons, to a woman who is learning how to lose her sight with grace, to another who sorely regrets selling her land to a fracking company, Jaws of Life portrays the diverse concerns the people of this region ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 16th 2018 by Vandalia Press
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
If Scott McClanahan has a corner on certain areas of rural Appalachian West Virginia, then Laura Leigh Morris might have her own territory marked out in a neighboring small town. Here is the place an old woman starts a revolution against the company she sold her land to after they keep her up at night. Here is where a man has a relationship with the woman who drove through the window of his auto parts store. Children take on new responsibilities and inmates live on in legends.

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Barbara Barrow
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a really engaging book of short stories set in West Virginia. Many of the protagonists are everyday people trying to speak truth to power, or struggling to understand unjust social arrangements. So, for example, in one story an elderly woman unwittingly sets off a town-wide rebellion when she takes a stand against a ruthless fracking company, while in another story a teenaged boy struggles with his father's request that he befriend two cruel bullies, the sons of his father's employers. I ...more
Sig!
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is a strong collection of loosely linked stories. I enjoyed that the setting, a small West Virgina town, is just as much of a character in the book as any of the actual characters. I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy short stories about blue-collar characters with imperfect lives.
Anna
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From heartwarming to heartbreaking, Laura Leigh Morris introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters. These stories are not only authentic, but necessary.
Amber
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best collections of Appalachian fiction out there. Read it.
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