Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley: Novellas and Stories (Pancake)

Ann Pancake. Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley: Novellas and Stories. Berkeley, Ca.: Counterpoint Press, 2015. 289 pages. Hardcover. $24.00.

In the lead story of Ann Pancake’s compelling new collection, a novella called “In Such Light,” Janie is spending the summer back with her grandparents in Remington, West Virginia, convalescing from “running herself down” in college. She works part-time as a popcorn girl at the Alexander Henry movie theater; hangs out with Uncle Bobby, who has mental disabilities; gets involved with Nathan, a slacker neighbor; and searches for herself and for her place in the community.

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Elaine Fowler Palencia, now of Champaign, Illinois, grew up in Morehead, Kentucky. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks and two collections of Appalachian short stories, Small Caucasian Woman and Brier Country. “Luck of the Draw” is included in her third collection, Riding the Devil’s Bicycle, which is seeking a publisher. She is now at work on My Dear Companion: The Civil War Letters of John M. Douthit.

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