Allegheny Front

Allegheny Front

The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction Selected by Lydia Millet

Paperback - 2016
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Set in the author's homeland of West Virginia, this panoramic collection of stories traces the people and animals who live in precarious balance in the mountains of Appalachia over a span of two hundred years, in a disappearing rural world. With omniscient narration, rich detail, and lyrical prose, Matthew Neill Null brings his landscape and characters vividly to life.

" Allegheny Front has few sentimental trappings. . . . Men's stubbornness is a rock face, in these intelligent and unpretentious stories, their anger a crown fire, their occasional tenderness a rill. . . . It remains at a distance from judgment, at a remove from easy definitions, unspooling a lucid and often painful history of appetite, exploitation, and bereavement."--Lydia Millet, from the introduction

"Rich in history, speech, incident, flora, fauna, vernacular, geology, politics--Matthew Neill Null's work is dazzling. . . . If anything ever happened in the state of West Virginia, Null knows the long and short of it, and will make its story sing."--Salvatore Scibona

Matthew Neill Null is the author of the novel Honey from the Lion (Lookout Books). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, winner of the PEN/O. Henry Award and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, his short fiction has appeared in the Oxford American , Ploughshares , the Mississippi Review , American Short Fiction , Ecotone , and elsewhere. He divides his time between West Virginia and Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he coordinates the writing fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center.

Uniform Title: Short stories. Selections
Publisher: Louisville, KY : Sarabande Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781941411254
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 165 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Millet, Lydia 1968-


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The inhabitants -- animal and human -- of Appalachia over two centuries. Rich, Gothic, and gritty.

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Jan 03, 2017

The author writes about what he knows: Appalachia;primitive, raw, not too admirable--redneckness at its core.


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