Two new books in 2013: HORSE PEOPLE from LSU's Yellow Shoe Fiction Series and THE DEER IN THE MIRROR from Ohio State UP.
Horse People, a novel in stories, has been selected by Michael Griffith, series editor, Yellow Shoe Fiction, for publication by Lousiana State UP in Spring 2013. Enriched by history and folklore, the volume features several generations of a family in Virginia's horse country.
The Deer in the Mirror: Stories and a Novella has won the Ohio State UP Prize in Short Fiction. Regional culture and legend distinguish this volume, which begins on the Virginia frontier in 1745 and culminates during the Yukon Gold Rush in 1898.
The new books complement each other. Both make use of historic events and a long arc of time.
A native of Virginia, Cary Holladay is the author of five previous volumes of fiction: A Fight in the Doctor’s Office (Miami UP 2008); The Quick-Change Artist: Stories (Swallow Press / Ohio UP 2006); Mercury (Shaye Areheart Books / Crown 2002); The Palace of Wasted Footsteps (U Missouri Press 1998); and The People Down South (U of Illinois Press 1989). Her awards include fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
"Merry-Go-Sorry," her story about a triple homicide and the trials and convictions, was based on the case of the West Memphis 3. Alaska Quarterly Review published the story, which won an O. Henry Prize.
Cary Holladay and her husband, John Bensko, teach
creative writing at the University of Memphis.