Out Of Peel Tree by Laura LongOut Of Peel Tree by Laura Long

Out Of Peel Tree

byLaura Long

Paperback | April 1, 2014

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Moving through time and space, Out of Peel Tree unfolds the patterns of an Appalachian sensibility that reverberate everywhere: a fatalism balanced by humor and flinty, hard-won hope, an appreciation for the surprises of the everyday, and a search for love and home amid strange and familiar places and people.

This innovative debut novel reveals the lives of a far-flung contemporary Appalachian family through a web of delicate turning points. A child discovers a grandmother she never knew has died. A runaway teen schemes to start a new life in Texas. A man on parole falls hopelessly in love with a shoplifter. A woman receives a letter about her husband's other wife. An old woman confronts a burglar with the help of her ghost-husband.

United by a connection to their matriarch, these characters search at home and beyond to make a fresh sense of their changing lives. As a novel in stories, Out of Peel Tree brings a new lyricism to the page and a new voice to American and Appalachian literature-a voice deeply inflected by the beauty of the natural world and by working-class grit.

Laura Long has received a James Michener Fellowship, James River Writers Award, Donald Barthelme Fellowship, PEN-Texas Award, Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellowships, and has published in magazines including The Southern Reviewand Shenandoah. She is the author of two books of poems, Imagine a Door and The Eye of Caroline Herschel...
Title:Out Of Peel TreeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:West Virginia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:194042500X

ISBN - 13:9781940425009

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from compelling and fascinating This book is vibrant and alive. You can feel the pulse of the characters, as if they were real people. Compelling and fascinating characters that really draw you into this story. Easy to read and over much too soon.#plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-02

Table of Contents

What to Keep, What to Toss-Corina and Ruben
Out of Peel Tree-Essie
When My Mama Sang-Corina
Who's in the Kitchen with Dinah?-Billie
No Souvenirs-Corina
Before Bliss Minimum-Joshua
Dark Early-Billie
Dreams and Schemes-Billie
The Last Old Lady on Blossom Street-Essie
Heavy Mirror-Corina

Editorial Reviews

"Laura Long writes with such tenderness for her characters, for place, for the natural world. The images shimmer and the links delight. Out of Peel Tree is tatted into the finest lace-delicate, seamless, and strong. Is it any wonder this is a poet's novel?"Sara Pritchard, author of Help Wanted: Female and Crackpots "Long is sensitive to the details of life and people. Her themes, characterizations, and story are built on a foundation of symbolism and imagery. She transforms the everyday-butter clogging bread, the shaking of cornflakes, an African Violet plant, wrinkles-into meaning. . . .This kind of layered writing creates the feeling that every word is important. Meaning reveals itself bit by bit, and the book invites a slower reading."Alicia Sondhi, ForeWord Reviews