Join us for a reading and launch party to celebrate the release of Joe Halstead's new book, West Virginia.
About the Book:
When Jamie Paddock learns of his father's suicide, memories of his
childhood in West Virginia come roaring back. Jaime lives in New York
City, developing marketing videos for YouTube, struggling to write and
partying a lot — all while suppressing the accent that gives him away.
But now, Jamie has to go home, to stay with his disabled mother and
sister in their trailer (conveniently located between two Walmarts).
Always poorer than the local coal miners, Jamie's family relies on
welfare, scraping by from meal to meal, prescription to prescription.
Nothing much has changed, except for Jamie,
and the fact that his father’s corpse has yet to be recovered. This may
be the reason there are no funeral plans, but the unanswered questions
surrounding his father’s death pull Jamie further into his past, even as
his adopted city lures him back.
In West Virginia, Joe
Halstead writes with honesty and compassion about the state he grew up
in, and returned to, in this debut novel about one young man's search
for answers and personal reckoning. West Virginia is an unflinching
portrait of the people of Appalachia and life in a difficult, beautiful,
and often misunderstood place. Author Bud Smith said, "Joe Halstead's
West Virginia is devastating and thrilling."
About the Author:
Joe Halstead divides his time between Beckley, West Virginia and
Lexington, KY. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five
Quarterly, People Holding, Cheat River Review, Sundog Lit, The Stockholm
Review, Sheepshead Review, and others. West Virginia is his first