Appalachian Voices Book Club

Appalachia’s triumphs and tragedies, its beauty and mystery, and its people’s tenacity, love and good humor have long been enshrined in fiction. This year, stories of the region’s struggles with coal are reaching a national audience thanks to John Grisham’s bestselling “Gray Mountain,” a legal thriller that pits a small but dedicated team of individuals against a rapacious coal industry. Also spreading awareness, the debut novel from Christopher Scotton weaves the impacts of mountaintop removal mining into a poignant story of humanity and healing.

Across the region, writers are offering brilliant new work of all stripes, including several don’t-miss endeavors reviewed here. We also take a look at the many ways regional writers are taking advantage of the freedoms afforded by the self-publishing movement.

To find more of the best recent writing on Appalachia, we suggest a visit to your local librarian!

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

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  1. Marian Cruz on February 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I read Grisham’s book and watched A Path Appears. The people of this region have suffered for too long. These companies are ruthless and must be held accountable.

  2. Caitlin Sullivan on February 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Hi there,
    I’m a supporter of Appalachian Voices and for some reasons didn’t realize you had a Book Club! Very glad to see it. I hope you can add Ann Pancake’s Strange As This Weather Has Been to your list; it’s an entire novel about the effects of MTR written by a native West Virginian who spent years interviewing residents and activists of the coalfields. She’s got a website: (She has a new collection out but it’s more about West Virginians themselves and not MTR directly).
    Thanks for all you do.

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