In this collection, Fred Chappell shows his mastery across a range of genres. Featuring folk fables in the Twain tradition, realistic stories of growing up in remote Appalachia, stories of family, kin, and community, and tales of the fantastic and spooky, this book will delight fans and surprise new readers.
""A broad, richly textures anthology that exquisitely captures the author's contribution to Southern literature... Chappell's careful, evocative prose surprises with the quiet power of its descriptions.""--Publishers Weekly
""Fans of Chappell, who is also a poet and novelist, know his wide range of interests and the diverse array of styles he uses to explore them, but for new readers this will come as a revelation...
Chappell writes with feeling, intelligence, and a sense of adventure."" --Booklist
""Of the many books I read in 2009, it was by far the best, a treasure chest of gemlike stories, masterfully written and brilliantly unpredictable..Describing his writing is rather like describing the taste of a rare and rich dish. The only way to really experience it is to sample it. Rest assured this reader will be seeking out his other works after having discovered him in this one.""--Star Tribune, Pamela Miller