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West Virginia
by Joe Halstead


Overview - When Jaime Paddock learns of his father's suicide, memories of his childhood in West Virginia come roaring back. One of the few people in his town to ever make it out, Jaime s living in New York City now, developing marketing videos for YouTube, struggling to write and partying a lot all while suppressing the accent that gives him away.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When Jaime Paddock learns of his father's suicide, memories of his childhood in West Virginia come roaring back. One of the few people in his town to ever make it out, Jaime s living in New York City now, developing marketing videos for YouTube, struggling to write and partying a lot all while suppressing the accent that gives him away. Spurred by an artistic curiosity surrounding his silent and private father, Jaime goes home, staying with his disabled mother and sister in their trailer, conveniently located between two Walmarts. Always poorer than the local coal miners, Jaime's family relies on welfare, but it is the mystery of his father s suicide that will help define Jaime s identity and possibly decide whether he leaves West Virginia for good.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781944700041
  • ISBN-10: 1944700048
  • Publisher: Unnamed Press
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 186
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.53 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Coming of Age
Books > Fiction > Small Town & Rural

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Halsteads debut novel, a young man returns to his Appalachian roots after his fathers suicide and struggles with the simultaneous love and hate he feels for his West Virginia hometown. Jamie Paddock has been in New York City since a failed attempt at college, working for an advertising company, going to parties, and trying (unsuccessfully) to concentrate on his writing. When his father jumps off a bridge, Jamie hesitates to go back to West Virginia; without a body, no funeral arrangements have been made. But after spending a couple of evenings with a bizarre woman who steals a treasured memento from his childhood, Jamie boards a train home. Back home in Mount Lookout, he is reminded of the specific brand of poverty in which his family lives and unearths strange details about his fathers pasta rejection letter from an art gallery, a stolen goatthat make him question his image of the man and his family. The narrative relies on some predictable archetypes but is bolstered by Jamies overall likability and the beautiful, menacing descriptions of the West Virginian environment. This tale of family ties without a falsely satisfying resolution introduces a powerful and authentic voice. (Jan.)

 
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