Review of Essay Collection by Appalachian Writers

I’m pleased to share my review of the essay anthology Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, which is full of terrific writing about secretiveness in Appalachian lives. The book contains pieces by a wide array of voices, including Jayne Anne Phillips, Chris Offutt, Jacinda Townsend, Dorothy Allison, bell hooks, Charles Dodd White, and Pinkney Benedict. Reviewing an anthology like this one always seems a little insufficient: you just don’t have room to mention all the good stuff, so you make choices on the day. I’d now add a special mention of the section featuring LGBT Appalachian writers, especially essays by Jason Howard, Julia Watts, and Carter Sickels. Cheers to them and to this great book. My review’s up today at Chapter 16.

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