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Jaws of Life: Stories
by Laura Leigh Morris
West Virginia University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-1-946684-16-5 | Paper: 978-1-946684-15-8
Library of Congress Classification PS3613.O7738J39 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6


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 face every day—poverty, mental illness, drug abuse, the loss of coal mines, and the rise of new extractive industries that exert their own toll.

While these larger concerns exist on the edges of their realities, these characters must still deal with quotidian difficulties: how to coexist with ex-spouses, how to care for sick family members, and how to live with friends who always seem to have more. 

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