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Trilobites & Other Stories (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 26/06/2014
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The stories in this collection nearly all take place in and around the mountain hollows of West Virginia: a world of cock-fighting, coal-mining, deer-stalking, sex, depression, drinking and death. 'It would be easy to allow his one collection of stories to be buried under the landslide of books published every year. But it's worth doing a little excavating to dig it up. The past few years have seen late-in-the-day and posthumous revivals of interest in writers such ... John Williams. Get out your pickaxes' New Yorker Breece D'J Pancake left behind an astonishing achievement. He was a master of a distinctly American vernacular, which he used to remind us of all the ways that fiction could teach us about ourselves. These stories are absolutely essential reading - Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099583370
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 144 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The best, most sincere writer I've ever read" -- Kurt Vonnegut
"Breece D'J Pancake left behind an astonishing achievement. He was a master of a distinctly American vernacular, which he used to remind us of all the ways that fiction could teach us about ourselves. These stories are absolutely essential reading" * Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds *
"This is an exceptional voice; gritty, mordant, invested with the texture of stroked reality; urgent and haunting" * Margaret Atwood *
"Muscular, precise, lyric and unforgettable... Utterly singular" -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times *
"Simple, rich with dialogue and precious" -- Anna Fielding * Stylist *
"[Pancake's] words...combined with an unsparing vision of humanity create the spine-tingling sense that you're reading an original" -- Max Liu * Independent *
"Haunting brilliance" -- John Dugdale * Literary Review *
"By any standards, [the story "Trilobites"] is a masterpiece; that it is an artistic debut is astonishing... To say that Breece D'J Pancake is not well enough known is a massive understatement... Quite simply, a literary genius" -- John Burnside * Guardian *
"Impressive" -- Philip Maughan * New Statesman *

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“Breece D'J Pancake - best name ever!”

He was also a writer with an incredible sense of place who conjured the landscape and peoples of West Virginia in these 12 short stories. His suicide in 1979 at 26 means that these evocative tales are all that we will... More

Paperback edition
27th March 2015
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“World class writing.”

This is some of the best writing I've ever read, and I've read a lot. The stories are un-put-downable. A tragedy for American literature that he died so young. It's a simply outstanding collection of... More

Paperback edition
9th September 2014
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