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By Gurney Norman

“These stories are more personal and more revealing for those of us who have enjoyed hearing Gurney Norman tell stories or who have read his books over the last few decades. At the same time, they are bound to be fascinating to those who have never ever even read or heard a Gurney Norman story.”

Appalachian Mountain Books

A collection of stories twenty years in the making from celebrated Kentucky author Gurney Norman.

Told in the first person, this autobiographical collection of linked stories follows a young man, Wilgus Collier, through his struggles to understand his working-class Appalachian childhood and, later, to navigate midlife alcoholism and depression. The book’s epilogue features a selection of Norman’s nonfiction essays.

Published by Old Cove Press

Gurney Norman is a novelist and short story writer whose works include Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories and Divine Right’s Trip. He is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Kentucky and coeditor of Back Talk from Appalachia: Confronting Stereotypes.   More info →


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Retail price: $24.95, S.
Release date: August 2021
216 pages · 6 × 8¾ in.
Rights:  World

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