An enchanting, haunting collection of stories by Crystal Wilkinson, a self-described Black, country girl and poet from rural Kentucky. The stories explore the joys and pain of the women of “Affrilachia,” and will touch the reader profoundly.
“I grew up on a farm in Indian Creek, Kentucky, during the seventies. I swam in creeks and roamed the knobs and hills. We had an outhouse and no inside running water. Our house was heated by coal and wood-burning stoves and we lived so far back in the woods that we could get only one television station. But it was a place of beauty–trees, green grass, and blue sky as far as you could see. I am country. Being country is as much a part of me as my full lips, wide hips, dreadlocks, and high cheek bones. There are many Black country folks who have lived and are living in small towns, up hollers and across knobs. They are all over the South–scattered like milk thistle seeds in the wind. The stories in this book are centered in these places.” –CRYSTAL E. WILKINSON