Book Review: In the House of Wilderness

In one of Charles Dodd White’s earliest short stories, “The Sweet Sorrowful,” a clumsy do-gooder called Pendergast takes it upon himself to fill up an empty pond with water and trout so that the patients of a n...

Book Review: Country Dark

— Award-winning author’s new novel after 20 years is an outstanding achievement. For a writer with as remarkable a career as Kentucky’s Chris Offutt, it is interesting that his newest work, Country Dark, is...

Getting It Right

— An essay and a short story collection respectively cast Appalachia and West Virginia in a richer light.      Appalachia comes and goes as a national conversation topic as pundits discover the region every ...

Appalachian Must-Reads

Voice of Glory: The Life and Work of Davis Grubb – by Thomas E. Douglass (University of Tennessee Press) It’s likely that those who most remember West Virginia writer Davis Grubb (1919-1980) do so because of...

Consumed

He put his coat on and sat back down at the desk. "I can build a fire," I said. I stood. He didn't look up. "I'll build a fire," I said. He never said I had to build a fire. His coat was lime green and puffy an...