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What They Yearn For, Volume 1 by Victor M. Depta

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Victor Depta was born in raised at Buffalo Creek, West Virginia – yes, that Buffalo Creek that was devastated in 1972 when Pittston Coal Company’s coal slurry dam #3 burst, causing a flood that killed over one hundred residents, injured over a thousand, and left over four thousand homeless. Depta is a retired English professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin who has published eleven poetry books, four novels, two plays, two essay collections and a memoir. The protagonist of this novel, the first of a projected multi-volume series, is Dr. Ethel Gooch, who teaches English at an Eastern Kentucky University and is an amateur detective. The action continues when she retires to San Francisco, a setting the author, who earned his masters from San Francisco State, knows well.

Frankfort, Kentucky: Blair Mountain Press, 2019. 320 pages. Trade paperback.