Morris Grubbs has sifted through vintage classics, little-known gems, and stunning debuts to assemble this collection of forty stories by popular and critically acclaimed writers. In subtle and profound ways they challenge and overturn accepted stereotypes about the land their authors call home, whether by birth or by choice.
Kentucky writers have produced some of the finest short stories published in the last fifty years, much of which focuses on the tension between the comforts of community and the siren-like lure of the outside world. Arranged chronologically, from Robert Penn Warren’s “Blackberry Winter” to Crystal E. Wilkinson’s “Humming Back Yesterday,” these stories are linked by their juxtaposition of departures and returns, the familiar and the unknown, home and beyond.
Includes stories by: Dwight Allen Wendell Berry Sallie Bingham Dean Cadle Jack Cady Pat Carr Billy C. Clark Guy Davenport Richard Cortez Day Leon V. Driskell Kim Edwards Normandi Ellis Janice Holt Giles Caroline Gordon Paul Griner A. B. Guthrie James Baker Hall Elizabeth Hardwick Robert Hazel Chris Holbrook Gayl Jones Barbara Kingsolver Lisa Koger David Madden Bobbie Ann Mason Jane Mayhall Ed McClanahan Jim Wayne Miller Sena Jeter Naslund Gurney Norman Chris Offutt Joe Ashby Porter James Still Jane Stuart Jesse Stuart Hollis Summers Mary Ann Taylor-Hall Walter Tevis Robert Penn Warren Crystal E. Wilkinson
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