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For more than 150 years, writers from Appalachia, especially women writers, have lived on the margins of American literature. But, as the essays in this volume and the cumulative work of their authors suggest, it is long past time for us to welcome Appalachian women writers to the full light of public appreciation.Joyce Dyer's impressive collection includes the reflections of thirty-five Appalachian literary women. Some names are familiar, others less so, but in essays that often veer into poetry, all address the influence of region on their writing.In Bloodroot these women define Appalachia in a larger, more generous, and more intricate way than it has been defined before, dispelling many demeaning stereotypes of the region. The writers tell their compelling stories with poignancy, eloquence, forthrightness, and humor.A new American literary renaissance is ablaze in the Southern Highlands -- the very hills so often depicted by outsiders as dimly lit.
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Joyce Dyer (born July 20, 1947) is a U.S. writer of nonfiction and memoirs whose most recent memoir, Goosetown: Reconstructing an Akron Neighborhood, tells the story of the author's attempt to remember the first five years of her life growing up in an ethnic neighborhood in Akron called Old Wolf Ledge (known to residents as "Goosetown"), famous for its glacial formations, breweries, and cereal mills.
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