Cary Holladay

Cary Holladay photo by Rhonda Cosentino


Praise for The Deer in the Mirror

"Cary Holladay, historical fiction writer extraordinaire, brings the lost world of early Virginia--towns like Rapidan, Culpeper, and Raccoon Ford--blazingly to life in times not only of human slavery, war, flood, fever, mayhem, and treachery, but also of loyalty, passion, true love, and unbelievable personal courage . . . This collection deserves everything out there--our closest attention, our highest regard, and every prize in sight."

-- Lee Smith, author of Fair and Tender Ladies and Guests on Earth

Cary Holladay is the author of seven volumes of fiction. Her awards include fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Her story "Merry-Go-Sorry," based on the case of the West Memphis 3, was published in Alaska Quarterly Review and won an O. Henry Prize.

Cary Holladay and her husband, John Bensko, teach creative writing at the University of Memphis.

Selected Works

Three generations of a family in Virginia's horse country.
The Deer in the Mirror, Ohio State University Press 2013
Winner, Ohio State U Prize in Short Fiction. Includes "Heart on a Wire," a story of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, winner of the Glimmer Train Fiction Open.
Set largely at a rural resort hotel, these 13 stories span 100 years of magic and passion.
"Holladay's stories are beautifully constructed, with sensuous, even wondrous images..." -- Linda Barrett Osborne

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