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LEAH HAMPTON—F*ckface: And Other Stories (online)

This is a virtual event.

In conversation with Belle Boggs author of The Gulf: A Novel.

The twelve stories in this knockout collection—some comedic, some tragic, many both at once—examine the interdependence between rural denizens and their environment.

A young girl, desperate for a way out of her small town, finds support in an unlikely place. A ranger working along the Blue Ridge Parkway realizes that the dark side of the job, the all too frequent discovery of dead bodies, has taken its toll on her. Haunted by his past, and his future, a tech sergeant reluctantly spends a night with his estranged parents before being deployed to Afghanistan. Nearing fifty and facing new medical problems, a woman wonders if her short stint at the local chemical plant is to blame. A woman takes her husband's research partner on a day trip to her favorite place on earth, Dollywood, and briefly imagines a different life.

In the vein of Bonnie Jo Campbell and Lee Smith, Leah Hampton writes poignantly and honestly about a legendary place that's rapidly changing. She takes us deep inside the lives of the women and men of Appalachia while navigating the realities of modern life with wit, bite, and heart.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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F*ckface: And Other Stories Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250259592
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - July 14th, 2020

F*ckface is a brassy, bighearted debut collection of twelve short stories about rurality, corpses, honeybee collapse, and illicit sex in post-coal Appalachia.

The twelve stories in this knockout collection—some comedic, some tragic, many both at once—examine the interdependence between rural denizens and their environment.


The Gulf: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978341
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Graywolf Press - April 2nd, 2019

A hilarious send-up of writing workshops, for-profit education, and the gulf between believers and nonbelievers