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The Sound of Holding Your Breath by Natalie Sypolt

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This is a collection of fourteen short stories. The title story deals with the impact of a rape more than a decade later. All the stories take place in Appalachia and deal with ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. "Sypolt catches her unassuming characters—friends, neighbors, and families—in the most trying times of their lives, and her vivid descriptions and masterful storytelling make every sentence, setting, and situation come alive." – Booklist. “Sypolt writes with sober love and unselfconscious respect from the insides of people and a place too many writers touch only from the outside. An impressive debut.” - Ann Pancake. Natalie Sypolt teaches at Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Morgantown, West Virginia University Press, 2018. 156 pages with Reading and Discussion Questions. Trade paperback