Steelies and Other Endangered Species
All fifteen stories in the collection are linked by water — from Utah’s winding canyons to Alaska’s volatile bays. The characters are united by their painful pasts, the solace they find in fast-moving waters and their fight to save that which is most endangered.
“Rebecca Lawton has composed a very fine collection of stories about a great river, nature, steelhead, mountain lions, love, loss, loneliness, redemption, and the wild torrents of the heart. Her fluid prose flows like her beloved river, in majestic sweeps, in roiling rapids, and in clear running pools where the surreal depth becomes within reach. Simply one of the best collections I’ve read in years.”– Andrew X. Pham, author of Catfish and Mandala (winner of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Award) and Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars, and the recipient of a Whiting Award and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.
Release Date: June 2014
Binding: 5.25 x 8
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The End of the Mountains
Southern writer Casey Clabough revisits the hardscrabble life of ancestor Columbus Clabough: the last of his family to live by the old Smoky Mountain ways — ways unsuited to a modern world. In the wake of run-ins with bootleggers and Overhill Cherokee, Columbus departs to serve his country in World War I, only to return and find the mountains and himself afflicted by ravages not unlike those witnessed overseas. Bringing us into a vanished world of red wolves, chestnuts, and human way of life long forgotten, Clabough offers a powerful narrative that captures the life of his great uncle — a life so strongly linked to the land that it reflects the changes and sufferings of the mountains.
“The End of the Mountains is a powerful, lyrical, haunting account of the lives of mountain people who survive on the threshold between a timeless wilderness and the encroaching pressures of modernity. . . By turns reminiscent of the work of William Faulkner, James Dickey, and Cormac McCarthy.” — Michael P. Branch, author of Raising Wild and Rants from the Hill.
Release Date: January 2016
Binding: 5.25 x 8