The Way Things Always Happen Here: Eight Stories and a Novella

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Vandalia Press, 2007 - Fiction - 160 pages
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In his debut short-fiction collection, The Way Things Always Happen Here, Kevin C. Stewart takes his readers to the scene of a heinous murder, to the home of an alcoholic single mother, to the 1960s election campaign of JFK through West Virginia, and off the side of the New River Gorge Bridge. With eight stories set in fictional Oak County in southern West Virginia, and one novella, Margot, set in the Arkansas Ozarks, Stewart gives us characters who all love and hate where theyre from. In One Mississippi, two teenage boys test their friendship and face their deepest fears. The eponymous The Way Things Always Happen Here is a wrenching tale of two teenage lovers coming of age in a place that cant hold both of them. Debts pits an artistic son who has chosen basket weaving as a profession against the wishes of his father, a miner and UMWA member. The startling June Hay picks up again the father/son conflict.

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Among other awards, Kevin C. Stewart won the Texas Review Novella Prize for a short story entitled Margot, which is featured in this book. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas, along with degrees in English, architecture, and civil engineering. He currently serves as a professor of English and creative writing at Potomac State College.

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