Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America

Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America

Think you know what rural America is like? Discover a plurality of perspectives in this enlightening anthology of stories that turns preconceptions on their head.

Gracie sees a chance of fitting in at her South Carolina private school, until a "white trash"-themed Halloween party has her steering clear of the rich kids. Samuel's Tejano family has both stood up to oppression and been a source of it, but now he's ready to own his true sexual identity. A Puerto Rican teen in Utah discovers that being a rodeo queen means embracing her heritage, not shedding it. . . .

For most of America's history, rural people and culture have been casually mocked, stereotyped, and, in general, deeply misunderstood. Now an array of short stories, poetry, graphic short stories, and personal essays, along with anecdotes from the authors' real lives, dives deep into the complexity and diversity of rural America and the people who call it home. Fifteen extraordinary authors - diverse in ethnic background, sexual orientation, geographic location, and socioeconomic status - explore the challenges, beauty, and nuances of growing up in rural America. From a mountain town in New Mexico to the gorges of New York to the arctic tundra of Alaska, you'll find yourself visiting parts of this country you might not know existed - and meet characters whose lives might be surprisingly similar to your own.

Title:Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781536212105
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    Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America Reviews

  • charlotte, (˝ of readsrainbow)

    On my blog. Rural Voices for me is overall a good anthology. Each story brings something new to the table and there was a great variety of them. It’s just that there were only a few stories I had...

  • Erin Cataldi

    I devoured this collection of stories about small towns, back roads, first love, show pigs, college, and teens. First off I really appreciated the diversity in this collection: Black, LatinX, LGBTQ, i...

  • Simone

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book.I have mixed feelings about this book. With probably all anthologies, there will always be stories that you like and ...

  • Kelly Parker

    This collection of Small-Town America short stories hit the mark in terms of confronting many of the prejudices/expectations that are widely held about rural communities. I am guilty of many of these ...

  • Jill

    Rural, for the purpose of this book, as defined in the introduction, “refers to belonging to a community consisting of ten thousand people or fewer that is a significant driving distance from an urb...

  • Sarah Hanson

    This is a beautiful anthology of texts exploring the stereotypes surrounding rural communities and the vast backgrounds of individuals who call small towns, countrysides, and a variety of quiet spaces...

  • Jeanna

    A lovely anthology with own voices narratives that discuss, not only, the hardships and challenges of living in a small town but also its beauty and values. Review to come....

  • Erikka

    I had the luxury of growing up on the border of suburban and rural. We had county fairs and time told by crop rotation and country roads that can only be driven at insanely fast speeds. But I also was...

  • K.E. Radke

    Get into the mind of people who grew up in the rural parts of America and never want to leave! Short stories about living life under a stigma and learning to stand up for everything you love about you...

  • John Clark

    While I wish there was a story from Maine in this anthology, I have high praise for those that are included. They are varied, many are LBTGQ affirming, and at least one should spark a sense of commona...