Author: Joshua Cross
Book: BLACK BEAR CREEK: Stories
Publishing: Southeast Missouri State Univ Press (March 1, 2021)
The fictional town of Black Bear Creek lies tucked in a remote hollow of the Coal River Valley in West Virginia, a region reliant on and devastated by the mining industry. The people in these stories struggle to survive against rampant poverty while their drinking water is poisoned and the mountains around them are stripped away. But amongst this bleak backdrop, they find ways to love and hope and fight. Cross’s raw, spare prose reflects the barren landscape his characters inhabit as they put their bodies and lives at risk just to feed their families.