Bearskin to Holly Fork: Stories from Appalachia
by Bob Sloan
From the back cover of the 2003 first edition trade paperback (Wind Publications):
Bob Sloan is a downright fine storyteller, and his collection Bearskin to Holly Fork: Stories from Appalachia finds him at his best. Resplendent with the smell and taste and sight and sound of Appalachia, the book is also brimming with humanity. This is a kick-ass good work.
Robert Olen Butler
The whole Appalachian community of Midland, Kentucky comes to life in this fine debut collection of tough, true stories, each one hard and dark as a lump of coal. Bob Sloans straight, plain prose style is perfectly suited for his characters and their lives.... Whether things work out for his characters or not, realist Bob Sloan makes us care about them all, writing in plain honest prose without a trace of sentimentality.
We write about what we know. Bob Sloan knows as much about his characters as anyone writing today. These are wistful, comical, straight-ahead stories that fall from the pen the way leaves fall from trees; some cosmic force helping them find their place.
Tom T. Hall