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BACKCOUNTRY: CONTEMPORARY WRITING IN WEST VIRGINIA
by IRENE MCKINNEY
West Virginia University Press, 2002
Cloth: 978-0-937058-71-8 | Paper: 978-0-937058-72-5
Library of Congress Classification PS558.W4B33 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 810.809754

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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 unites these writers. There is a larger vision that ties these works together.



"The connection is not so much in mutual influence, though there is some of that, but in each writer’s total immersion in place. Even those writers who no longer live in the state remember the feel, the physical texture, the overwhelming and enfolding vegetal surround of the place." Editor, Irene McKinney

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