as written by Phyllis Wilson Moore,
Project Director for
A Literary Map of West Virginia.
If you like to read novels but feel pressed for time, a rather new story form, dubbed “novel-in-stories,” may be the answer. This form is described as a group of loosely connected stories with some or all of the characters appearing in more than one of the stories. Reading the resulting stories is a little like eating an Appalachian applesauce stack cake. You may enjoy just one layer and save the rest for another time or you may savor one huge slice.
If “connected stories” with
a magical bent
intriguing to you, a
Her latest, Buckle Up, Buttercup, contains twenty-one stories set in her imaginary Hope County, West Virginia. The collection is a tangible example of independent but connected stories with a strong sense of a rural place.
The stories are inhabited by ordinary folks (some living, some not) and occasionally a pet. Even the much loved three-legged mutt Beagle Bailey has an off-beat sense of humor and a story to tell.
for her wit,
About the Author
Anderson writes from her
log home that sits atop a knoll in a meadow in the
Well Ain’t Dry Yet, The Bingo Cheaters
Up, Buttercup are available at The Open Book in