- by Gurney Norman
Critical Acclaim for Kinfolks
"Like Sherwood Anderson's 'Winesburg, Ohio' or Hemingway's Nick Adams stories, both of which it resembles in form and style, 'Kinfolks' is a short-story cycle dramatizing the growth of a young boy to early manhood, particularly as his development is reflected in changing relationships within a large Appalachian family.
Like that of his mentors, Norman's work is novelistic in scope while preserving in the individual episodes the essential qualities of the short story... This new work can only enhance his reputation by suggesting that Norman may be the outstanding Appalachian storyteller of his generation."
-- The Courier-Journal
"Ten spare stories, set in eastern Kentucky, which revolve around the relationships over two decades of a poor working-class hill family. All the stories stay on the surface, but the surface is a telling, rich one of everyday speech and gestures...
Mr. Norman is especially good at writing about the high currents of feeling that perpetually anger and annoy close members of a family..."
-- The New Yorker
"This is a special book, sometimes hilarious, sometimes bittersweet."
-- Library Journal