Out of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories by Meredith Sue WillisOut of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories by Meredith Sue Willis

Out of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories

byMeredith Sue Willis

Paperback | July 27, 2010

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Meredith Sue Willis’s Out of the Mountains is a collection of thirteen short stories set in contemporary Appalachia. Firmly grounded in place, the stories voyage out into the conflicting cultural identities that native Appalachians experience as they balance mainstream and mountain identities.

Willis’s stories explore the complex negotiations between longtime natives of the region and its newcomers and the rifts that develop within families over current issues such as mountaintop removal and homophobia. Always, however, the situations depicted in these stories are explored in the service of a deeper understanding of the people involved, and of the place. This is not the mythic version of Appalachia, but the Appalachia of the twenty-first century.


Meredith Sue Willis is the author of more than fifteen books, including novels for adults, novels for children, collections of short stories, nonfiction about the art of writing and her most recent Ten Strategies to Write Your Novel. She teaches novel writing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
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Title:Out of the Mountains: Appalachian StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:July 27, 2010Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:082141920X

ISBN - 13:9780821419205

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“What does connect the stories is a sense of displacement and restlessness—insiders who leave the mountains to live elsewhere and outsiders who come to the mountains. There’s a tension between belonging and not belonging, of insider vs. outsider, of rural vs. urban, of traditional customs vs. new ways.”
— In This Light blog