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The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake by Breece D'J Pancake

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Breece Pancake's only book - a collection of stories published posthumously -  is arguably the most revered in all of West Virginia literature. Breece Pancake (1952-1979) grew up in Milton, West Virginia, the son of a  mother who became a librarian after her kids were raised and a father. who was a shipping clerk at a Union Carbide plant. Breece Pancake loved hiking, hunting, fishing and discovering low-class bars while driving his Volkswagen on whatever interesting road appeared. His favorite music was that of Phil Ochs, an achingly sensitive artist on the left who committed suicide. Pancake took the unusual - perfect for him - middle initials from his real middle name - Dexter - and John, a name he took when he converted to Catholicism.  The apostrophe was a typo that he willingly adapted. That conversion was one aspect of his typically deep and iconoclastic spiritual journey. He committed suicide while a graduate student at the University of Virginia.

New York: Back Bay Books, 2002 reprint of a 1983 release.186 pages. Trade paperback.