A tale of modern-day Appalachia. A teacher at a community college strives to become a member of the community. After a tragic incident involving one of her adult students she finds peace, not her acceptance by the community, but in her acceptance of the community.​

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Set in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky in 2002, Pickering's Mountain is an exploration of cultural and familial conflict, replete with insiders and outsiders ... Anthony's novel purports to be about mountaintop removal--destruction of a delicate ecosystem...ultimately a people and their culture, but its center is more about religion, politics, economics, personal vendettas...the struggles dysfunctional families face in a culture that has always been torn apart by both inside and outside forces.  

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"The book is about change, about the possibility of change," Anthony said. "As Rudy says, if we can't change we're lost, we're done. And that's really what I wanted to write about."
Tom Eblen, The Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/18/14

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Bluegrass Funeral  Don Boes, North of Center: 
".. stories that move back and forth in time from the 1850's to 2007.  ...the underclass: slaves and their owners, hitchhikers and farmer...Bluegrass Funeral is an ambitious attempt to capture what it means to be alive in such a timeless place as Kentucky.....

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New York City and the dying factory town of Camden are the settings for Joe Anthony's Camden Blues. He chronicles stevedores contending with the Great Depression, and nuns, priests, and young people struggling with their beliefs (Catholic, Buddhist, Scientologist). Anthony's characters explore sex, religion, and work. They create new lives and new loves as they strive to hold themselves together in a manner that is certain to capture your attention from beginning to end.

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