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Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories.

Gurney Norman.

Published by Gnomon Press, Frankfort, KY, 1977
ISBN 10: 0917788109 / ISBN 13: 9780917788109
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Title: Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories.

Publisher: Gnomon Press, Frankfort, KY

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Paperback

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition


INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. First Edition thus [1977], though unstated, in accordance with Gnomon's customary practice. Near Fine in Wraps: shows heavy foxing at top edge; just a hint of sunning to the orange background field of the wrapper covers; barely discernible spine lean; the binding remains quite secure; the text is clean. Not perfect, but remains close to 'As New'. Squarish 8vo. 119pp. Orange paper wrappers. Trade Paperback. This unique, realistic collection of short stories presents the reader with psychologically complex characters threaded throughout one Appalachian family. Norman's greatest success is that he is able to access Applachian life with an unflinching eye and yet treat it with a tenderness that is neither maudlin nor overdone. This short book puts certain more popular Kentucky writers to shame, for it adamantly refuses to fall into Appalachian stereotypes and treats its characters as the complex, often flawed, but dignified people that they are. Say what you will about Mason and Offut; Norman represents the finest short story writing in the region and remains one of Kentucky's best kept secrets. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. First Edition thus [1977], though unstated. Bookseller Inventory # 45991

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Synopsis: Fiction. "Like Sherwood Anderson's 'Winesburg, Ohio' or Hemingway's Nick Adams stories, both of which it resembles in form and style, 'Kinfolks' is a short-story cycle dramatizing the growth of a young boy to early manhood, particularly as his development is reflected in changing relationships within a large Appalachian family. Like that of his mentors, Norman's work is novelistic in scope while preserving in the individual episodes the essential qualities of the short story. This new work can only enhance his reputation by suggesting that Norman may be the outstanding Appalachian storyteller of his generation"-The Courier-Journal.

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