The stories in this collection give voice to the history and soul of a rural collective. These people want to belong—to themselves, their families, their communities, and their God. Their motivations, disturbing at times, expose their love, loneliness, and their limits. As one character reminds readers, “We move beside and around and in between each other until something—sometimes good, mostly bad—pushes us together. Then we have to get close, real close, and it’s no easy job for any of us.” From the dizzying Thanksgiving table to the sobering graveside service, these stories exist in their acts of agency and grace.
About the Author
Kim Shegog is the winner of the Converse College Inaugural MFA Alumni Book Prize for Fiction. She was a finalist for Redbud’s First Annual Coppice Prize (2021). Her work has appeared in Appalachian Review, The Sun, r.kv.r.y quarterly, and anthologized in This is What America Looks Like: The Washington Writers’ Publishing House Anthology (2021). She was the recipient of the Judith Siegel Pearson Award for Fiction from Wayne State University in 2019. She holds an MFA from Converse University. The Virginia native and part-time South Carolinian now resides in Ohio.