The Deer in the Mirror
by Cary Holladay
The Ohio State University Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-0-8142-7456-9 | Paper: 978-0-8142-5186-7
Library of Congress Classification PS3558.O347777D44 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

With a song-like voice and deep knowledge of the history and folklore of her native Virginia, Cary Holladay creates dazzling stories of hardship and ecstasy. A young widow romances a German immigrant while weighing a proposal from the colonial governor. Convicted of murdering her master, an enslaved woman is burned at the stake. A breakneck stagecoach ride gives a bricklayer’s apprentice the power to save or destroy his fellow passengers. An aging bachelor despairs of his marriage to a Confederate orphan. A beautiful adventuress joins the 1898 Alaska Gold Rush, charms a violent gangster, and figures out the secret of his fabulous wealth.

 

This seventh book from an award-winning author spans 300 years in the Old Dominion. Holladay’s people fight the wars, battle the floods, and wrest a living from a wilderness where “Time is God’s, not ours”—so says a reformed prostitute whose obsessive love for an amnesiac Yankee soldier defines her life. With a sensuous, lyrical style, Holladay holds a distinctive place in contemporary fiction.

 

All of these stories have appeared in major literary journals and anthologies, including Tin House and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best.


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