Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America
Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America

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Annotation: Think you know what rural America is like? Discover a plurality of perspectives in this enlightening anthology of storie... more
Catalog Number: #239195
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 300 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-536-21210-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8682-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-536-21210-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8682-9
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 9-12

Think you know what rural America is like? Discover a plurality of perspectives in this enlightening anthology of stories that turns preconceptions on their head.

Gracie sees a chance of fitting in at her South Carolina private school, until a “white trash”–themed Halloween party has her steering clear of the rich kids. Samuel’s Tejano family has both stood up to oppression and been a source of it, but now he’s ready to own his true sexual identity. A Puerto Rican teen in Utah discovers that being a rodeo queen means embracing her heritage, not shedding it. . . .

For most of America’s history, rural people and culture have been casually mocked, stereotyped, and, in general, deeply misunderstood. Now an array of short stories, poetry, graphic short stories, and personal essays, along with anecdotes from the authors’ real lives, dives deep into the complexity and diversity of rural America and the people who call it home. Fifteen extraordinary authors—diverse in ethnic background, sexual orientation, geographic location, and socioeconomic status—explore the challenges, beauty, and nuances of growing up in rural America. From a mountain town in New Mexico to the gorges of New York to the arctic tundra of Alaska, you’ll find yourself visiting parts of this country you might not know existed—and meet characters whose lives might be surprisingly similar to your own.

Featuring contributors:
David Bowles
Joseph Bruchac
Veeda Bybee
Nora Shalaway Carpenter
Shae Carys
S. A. Cosby
Rob Costello
Randy DuBurke
David Macinnis Gill
Nasugraq Rainey Hopson
Estelle Laure
Yamile Saied Méndez
Ashley Hope Pérez
Tirzah Price
Monica Roe

The (unhealthy) breakfast club / Monica Roe
The hole of Dark Kill Hollow / Rob Costello
A border kid comes of age / David Bowles
Fish and fences / Veeda Bybee
Close enough / Nora Shalaway Carpenter
Whiskey and champagne / S. A. Cosby
What home is / Ashley Hope Perez
Island Rodeo Queen / Yamile Saied Mendez
Grandpa / Randy DuBurke
/ Tirzah Price
Praise the Lord and pass the Little Debbies / David Macinnis Gill
The cabin / Nasugraq Raine Hopson
Black nail polish / Shae Carys
Secret menu / Veeda Bybee
Pull up a seat around the stove / Joseph Bruchac
Home waits / Estelle Laure.

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