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In this ring of connected short stories, grounded in the fictional town of Conrad’s Fork, Kentucky, everyone is staging some sort of escape. A woman harboring the dark truth about her youngest daughter’s birth, a new teacher suddenly under suspicion after a student’s disappearance, a young girl witnessing her older sister’s sexual awakening: all the people in this Appalach In this ring of connected short stories, grounded in the fictional town of Conrad’s Fork, Kentucky, everyone is staging some sort of escape. A woman harboring the dark truth about her youngest daughter’s birth, a new teacher suddenly under suspicion after a student’s disappearance, a young girl witnessing her older sister’s sexual awakening: all the people in this Appalachian community suffer a paralyzed desire in response to the stagnancy and exposure they experience in their small town. Landfall: A Ring of Stories weaves together the voices of two generations of mountain families in which secrets are carefully guarded—even from closest kin. One by one, those who leave confront the pull of the land and the people they’ve left behind. Perhaps Conrad’s Fork will save them, or, perhaps, in the wake of urban encroachment and shifting family systems, they will save it.


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In this ring of connected short stories, grounded in the fictional town of Conrad’s Fork, Kentucky, everyone is staging some sort of escape. A woman harboring the dark truth about her youngest daughter’s birth, a new teacher suddenly under suspicion after a student’s disappearance, a young girl witnessing her older sister’s sexual awakening: all the people in this Appalach In this ring of connected short stories, grounded in the fictional town of Conrad’s Fork, Kentucky, everyone is staging some sort of escape. A woman harboring the dark truth about her youngest daughter’s birth, a new teacher suddenly under suspicion after a student’s disappearance, a young girl witnessing her older sister’s sexual awakening: all the people in this Appalachian community suffer a paralyzed desire in response to the stagnancy and exposure they experience in their small town. Landfall: A Ring of Stories weaves together the voices of two generations of mountain families in which secrets are carefully guarded—even from closest kin. One by one, those who leave confront the pull of the land and the people they’ve left behind. Perhaps Conrad’s Fork will save them, or, perhaps, in the wake of urban encroachment and shifting family systems, they will save it.

13 review for Landfall: A Ring of Stories (Non/Fiction Collection Prize)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard Stuecker

    Exceptional Insights into a Vanishing Lifee Beautiful stories woven into a ring that reveals. A community in its complexity, lives melded into interrelated lives forming a portrait of rural life that is idyllic, challenging, sometimes brutal, often heartbreaking. Hensley breathes in the natural rhythms of small towns and country fields. She writes with unexpected details and images that give the reader exceptional insight into the lives she create. We are gifted by the inner thoughts and dialogue Exceptional Insights into a Vanishing Lifee Beautiful stories woven into a ring that reveals. A community in its complexity, lives melded into interrelated lives forming a portrait of rural life that is idyllic, challenging, sometimes brutal, often heartbreaking. Hensley breathes in the natural rhythms of small towns and country fields. She writes with unexpected details and images that give the reader exceptional insight into the lives she create. We are gifted by the inner thoughts and dialogue of each character that ring absolutely true. The ring she weaves give us both telling stories, but after reading them all, all of the facets shine illuminating each other into a whole that satisfies.

  2. 5 out of 5

    R. Johnson

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    Pat Jennings

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Day

  12. 5 out of 5

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

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