Originally from Romney, WV, Ann Pancake is an American fiction writer with a focus on Appalachian stories. Her writings address themes of poverty, social class, and rural American societies. She currently resides in Arthurdale and teaches creative writing at West Virginia University.
Ann Pancake returns with a collection of eleven novellas and short stories featuring characters who are intensely connected to their land- sometimes through love, sometimes through hate- who experience brokenness and loss, redemption and revelation, often through their relationship to places under siege. Retired strip miners find themselves victimized by the industry that supported them; a family breaks down along generation lines over a fracking lease; children transcend addict parents and adult suicide; an urban woman must confront skepticism about worlds behind this one when she finds bones through a mysterious force she can’t name. This collection explores poverty, class, environmental breakdown, and social collapse while also affirming the world’s sacredness.