Saint Matthew in Appalachia…

...and Other Stories

This collection gathers Joseph Maiolo’s Appalachian stories set in the southwest Virginia of his youth: the mountains and hollows, the coal towns and camps, and in a town much like his hometown—born from coal and trying to cover its scars, but still a special place.

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“This is a stunning work from one of the secret treasures of American literature, Joseph Maiolo…a master of the beautifully crafted sentence. There’s not a false note in the book. On every level it is brilliant.”
Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

 

“Each of these beautifully crafted tales is set in the region where Maiolo grew up. They speak with poignancy and power of the spirit of place, and of the frequently awkward, sometimes humorous coming-of-age of a cast of different but not dissimilar youths: boys of scarce means, all too often fatherless, reared under the indelible shadow cast by coal mining…who nevertheless emerge from hardscrabble origins to achieve a degree of wisdom and insight about the human condition that I consistently found breathtaking. Reading the stories I thought of contemporaries like Tobias Wolff and Russell Banks and Richard Ford. I also remembered Faulkner, even D. H. Lawrence.”

— Allen Peacock, former senior editor at Dial Press, Simon & Schuster, and Holt