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Jaws of Life: Stories [Paperback]

Item : Jaws of Life: Stories [Paperback]
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Author Author : Morris, Laura Leigh
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1946684155
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781946684158
Publisher Publisher : Vandalia Press
Pages Pages : 168
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 101221000

In the hills of north central West Virginia, there lives a cast of characters who face all manner of problems. From the people who are incarcerated in West Virginia’s prisons, to a woman who is learning how to lose her sight with grace, to another who sorely regrets selling her land to a fracking company,Jaws of Lifeportrays the diverse concerns the people of this region face every day—poverty, mental illness, drug abuse, the loss of coal mines, and the rise of new extractive industries that exert their own toll.

While these larger concerns exist on the edges of their realities, these characters must still deal with quotidian difficulties: how to coexist with ex-spouses, how to care for sick family members, and how to live with friends who always seem to have more. 

“Laura Leigh Morris proves to us that stories are, indeed, everywhere. She tells them with the sharp eye and wit of a master storyteller. Superb.”
—Larry Heinemann, winner of the National Book Award forPaco’s Story
“A very fine work with plenty of surprises, clever setups, satisfying payoffs, and vivid characters and mise en scene.”
—Robert Gipe, author ofTrampoline: An Illustrated Novel
 
Jaws of Lifesurges beyond Appalachian literature, or regional literature, straight into the heart of what matters on the universal level.”
—George Singleton, author ofThe Half-Mammals of Dixie
 
“‘Look for something no one else sees,’ says one character in this fine debut, in which the people of Brickton lose many things—loved ones, their tempers, a good night’s sleep, five years of freedom—but never their power.”
—Joni Tevis, author ofThe World Is On Fire
 
Laura Leigh Morris is an assistant professor at Furman University in Greenvilă)

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