West Virginia by Joe HalsteadWest Virginia by Joe Halstead

West Virginia

byJoe Halstead

Paperback | January 20, 2017

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When Jamie Paddock learns of his father's suicide, memories of his childhood in West Virginia come roaring back. One of the few people in his town to ever make it out, Jamie's living in New York City now, developing marketing videos for YouTube, struggling to write and partying a lot - all while suppressing the accent that gives him away. Spurred by an artistic curiosity surrounding his silent and private father, Jamie goes home, staying with his disabled mother and sister in their trailer, conveniently located between two Walmarts. Always poorer than the local coal miners, Jamie's family relies on welfare, but it is the mystery of his father's suicide that will help define Jamie's identity and possibly decide whether he leaves West Virginia for good.
Joe Halstead currently lives in West Virginia with his wife and cat. His work has appeared or is forthcoming inFive Quarterly,People Holding,Cheat River Review,Sundog Lit,The Stockholm Review,Sheepshead Review, and others.West Virginia is his first novel.
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Title:West VirginiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:186 pages, 7.99 × 5.09 × 0.65 inPublished:January 20, 2017Publisher:The Unnamed PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1944700048

ISBN - 13:9781944700041

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Joe Halstead'sWest Virginia is a moody wild ride of a novel. Dark, momentous, soulful, deeply human - the book turns the mind inside out, questioning the places we live and the reasons why we both leave them and come back." -Vol.1 Brooklyn"Beautiful, menacing descriptions of the West Virginian environment. This tale of family ties without a falsely satisfying resolution introduces a powerful and authentic voice." -Publishers Weekly"Halstead's descriptions are thoroughly artistic, whether they're of the party scene or the big city's gritty human rainbow or the strip-mined mountains and franchise-glutted highways." -Kirkus ReviewsA man seemingly trapped in the wreckage of NYC digs himself out of the digital avalanche and sprints back home screaming like a wolf. Joe Halstead'sWest Virginia is devastating and thrilling." -Bud Smith, author ofF250'InWest Virginia, Joe Halstead tackles the rupture caused by inhabiting two very different spaces, while also bringing the malaise of the coal dust-choked hollers to life, painting a portrait that is both intriguing and unnerving.' -Sam Slaughter, author ofGod in Neon"If Thomas Wolfe had sat down with J. D. Salinger and written a book, the result would have been something like Joe Halstead's incredible debut novel,West Virginia. Yet Halstead's immense scope and vision are all his own, bringing the reader from New York to the generic strip malls and run-down, poverty-stricken hollers of West Virginia, where the black-lunged coal miners are the lucky ones who get to eat at Applebee's restaurants on the weekends. It is a place of desperation, but one for which the author clearly holds a conflicted affinity. Told in a narrative voice that is unique and ultra-contemporary in its execution,West Virginia is a novel that will grip you by the throat and it will not let you go, even well after you're done reading it.' -David Armand, author ofThe Pugilist's Wife "