Pine Gap is a town of 942 people in Southeastern Kentucky. The protagonist of this novel is Jamie Eskill. Her father works in the coal mines; her mother has had little experience beyond Pine Gap, and her sister’s twins make her a full-time mom. Jamie is torn between wanting to leave and wanting to stay. The author, Brooks Rexroat, is a college teacher who was raised near Cincinnati and earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University. He now lives in Owensboro, Kentucky. “Rexroat is an up-and-coming voice in writing about post-industrial Midwestern, Rustbelt, and Appalachian communities.” – Katie Darby Mullins.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Peasantry Press, 2019. 338 pages. Trade Paperback.