Project Description

The Blue Valleys

by Robert Morgan

These thirteen tales of the Southern Appalachians evoke with crystal clarity the natural world of this rural environment.

These thirteen lyrical tales of the Southern Appalachians evoke with crystal clarity the natural world of this rural environment. From Civil War prison camps to contemporary trailer parks, these lyrical stories come alive with an array of intriguing characters—male and female, young and elderly, learned and unlearned.

The separate passions and dreams of these individuals mirror the larger cultural and historical dramas of American life. And Morgan’s meticulous eye for detail creates an indelible sense of place in readers both familiar with and strangers to the Blue Ridge Mountains, who will feel the inescapable lure of the region that is Morgan’s birthright.

Opening with the powerful prize-winning “A Brightness New and Welcoming,” about a Confederate soldier in a Chicago prison camp, the collection then charts a course through the changing landscape of the North Carolina mountains—through world wars, Vietnam, and its aftermath—revealing the strengthening and loosening of the strong bonds of Southern families over generations.

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Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-934601-71-9
Total Pages: 168
Size: 5 1/4 x 8 1/4
Language: English


“…this beautifully crafted collection [is] a procession of tales rich with native detail and character, told in a language as plain and deep as the hills….” ―The New York Times

“This outstanding collection of short stories is award-winning poet Morgan’s first work of fiction…. Morgan has a deft touch for the nuances of family ties, and his characters in this realistic, evocative and often lyrical collection are formidable and well-drawn.” ―Publishers Weekly

“This volume offers rich rewards on every page and should be in any library that desires a representative collection of Appalachian or Southern literature. Its appeal is, however, not limited to specialists. Morgan’s stories belong in every library that wishes to offer its patrons a ‘good read.’” ―Choice

Meet the Author

Robert Morgan is a professor of English at Cornell University and the author of several novels, and volumes of poetry, and collections of short stories. His novel Gap Creek was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. He lives in New York.