Valerie Nieman presents To the Bones, in conversation with Jessica Cory

Darrick MacBrehon, a government auditor, wakes among the dead. Bloodied and disoriented from a gaping head wound, the man who staggers out of the mine crack in Redbird, West Virginia, is much more powerful--and dangerous--than the one thrown in. An orphan with an unknown past, he must now figure out how to have a future. Hard-as-nails Lourana Taylor works as a sweepstakes operator and spends her time searching for any clues that might lead to Dreama, her missing daughter. Could this stranger's tale of a pit of bones be connected? With help from Marco DeLucca--a disgraced deputy, and Zadie Person--a local journalist investigating an acid mine spill, Darrick and Lourana push against everyone who tries to block the truth. Along the way, the bonds of love and friendship are tested, and bodies pile up on both sides. In a town where the river flows orange and the founding--and controlling--family is rumored to "strip a man to the bones," the conspiracy that bleeds Redbird runs as deep as the coal veins that feed it.

Valerie Nieman is a professor of English at North Carolina A&T State University. A former journalist and farmer in West Virginia, she is the author of three novels, as well as collections of poetry and short fiction. She is a graduate of West Virginia University, and she received an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She will be in conversation with Jessica Cory, editor of Mountains Piled Upon Mountains.


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Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
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ISBN: 9781946684981
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Published: West Virginia University Press - April 25th, 2019

Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene Cover Image
By Jessica Cory (Editor)
ISBN: 9781946684905
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Published: West Virginia University Press - August 1st, 2019

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 11:30am