Degrees Of Elevation: Short Stories Of Contemporary Appalachia

Degrees Of Elevation: Short Stories Of Contemporary Appalachia

Degrees of Elevation: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia

The stories of Appalachia are the stories of America. This collection is an important step towards understanding Appalachia as it is, and as it has become. It is a step long overdue. . . .Innovation and reinvention are at the heart of Appalachian identity. Our goals for this book are to reveal the values and forces of our contemporary culture, to share the exciting change occurring in our writing, and so to celebrate this powerful force in American literature.

From the Preface by Charles Dodd White

From New York Journal of Book Review

Degrees of Elevation provides a variety of characters portrayed in their deepest and most exposed moments. You aren’t likely to forget their stories.

White and Seay have done us all a favor by gathering these remarkable stories together. White writes, “We do not believe any one view of Appalachia is a Truth entire. But somewhere in the patchwork, we have tried to present the hard beauty of the land and the history of a unique country and its people.”

They have succeeded. Degrees of Elevation is a wonderful collection that deserves to be read, savored, and remembered.

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