‘The best, most sincere writer I’ve ever read’
From the publishers of Stoner by John Williams
Published for the first time in the UK for twenty years.
The stories in this collection nearly all take place in and around the mountain hollows of West Virginia: a world of cock-fighting, coal-mining, deer-stalking, sex, depression, drinking and death.
Breece D’J Pancake was born in in Charleston, West Virginia in 1952 and raised in Milton. He graduated with a degree in English education from Marshall University and later studied creative writing at the University of Virginia where he became a self-styled hillbilly.
Pancake published only six short stories in his lifetime, mostly in The Atlantic.
The editor recalled, ‘in 30-something years at The Atlantic, I cannot recall a response to a new author like the response to this one.’
In 1979, when he was just twenty-six, Pancake died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. He was buried in Milton, Virginia.
Admired by Kurt Vonnegut, Kevin Powers, Chuck Palahnuik and Margaret Atwood, compared to Hemingway, Pancake was posthumously nominated for the Pulitzer Prize
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