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“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.
This is an expanded, jacketed hardcover edition of Allegiance, a collection of linked stories by celebrated Kentucky author Gurney Norman. The new edition features an introduction by the author, a foreword by Leatha Kendrick, and a cover painting by Appalachian artist Pam Oldfield Meade. Allegiance is an autobiography told through stories, a personal journey into Norman’s life, place, and consciousness. Spanning forty years of work, the stories are told in the voice of Norman’s fictional narrator, Wilgus Collier, or in stream-of-consciousness writing. A selection of nonfiction pieces comprises the book’s epilogue.
Allegiance follows Norman’s/Collier’s struggle to understand his working-class childhood and navigate midlife alcoholism and depression. From the coalfields of Appalachia to the center of the 1960s counterculture and back again to Kentucky, Norman’s journey has been a life of many movements.
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Gurney Norman is a novelist and short story writer whose works include Divine Right’s Trip, Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories, and Allegiance. A former Kentucky poet laureate, he is professor of English at the University of Kentucky. He received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University. A native of eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia, he is a widely known Appalachian literary and cultural advocate. He is coeditor of Back Talk from Appalachia: Confronting Stereotypes, and An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature. More info →
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