The only thing of mine to survive the fire was a picture of Holly Hobbie Mommy made before Jude was born, her belly swollen as she stood in her sister’s kitchen. Her hair was cut in a shag like Jane Fonda’s in the picture on the Frigidaire, but frosted. Her long-sleeved oxford shirt, a man’s going-to-church-shirt, hung to the hem of a pair of cutoff jean shorts. She and my aunt Leigh were barefoot, their toes bright red jewels half-buried in the brown shag carpet.

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Amy Clark’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, NPR, Still, Appalachian Heritage, Blue Ridge CountryAppalachian Journal, and many others. Her co-edited book, Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community, was used as a dialect resource for actors during the filming of Big Stone Gap, a movie adaptation of Adriana Trigiani’s novel of the same title.

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