A new review of Lambs of Men is up at New Southerner, written by the inimitable Sheldon Lee Compton, an accomplished lyrical writer of short fiction. Even his reviews are small beauties to behold.
Compton, along with a number of other gifted Appalachian writers appear in the newly available anthology of contemporary Appalachian writing, Degrees of Elevation, available for pre-order from Amazon.
The stories featured in addition to Compton’s are by Rusty Barnes, Jarrid Deaton, Richard Hague, Silas House, Chris Holbrook, Denton Loving, Mindy Beth Miller, Scott McClanahan, John McManus, Jim Nichols, Valerie Nieman, Chris Offutt, Mark Powell, Ron Rash, Alex Taylor and Crystal Wilkinson. It’s one hell of a book.
This is what Lee Smith had to say about it:
Hard, brilliant, and dark as coal, this brand new and necessary volume captures Appalachia today, a place where the old bedrock verities of family, community, belief, work, and the earth itself are all in painful “Upheaval”–to use the title of Chris Holbrook’s story herein. From manic to elegiac to rough, raw, beautiful, and heartbreaking, these stories will strike the reader as both absolutely true and as unforgettable, like the high pure ring of an ax on a cold winter morning, vibrating across distance, hanging in the air long afterward.