Troublesome Creek and Beyond

- Bill Weinberg


TROUBLESOME CREEK AND BEYOND - This perceptive collection of short stories have an Appalachian setting, with two of them occurring in the Caribbean. These fascinating tales deal with disparate subjects– winning the lottery, Vietnam and terrorism, substance abuse, child trauma, island ventures and existential choices. Author Bill Weinberg has captured the real sense of these complicated personalities coming from Appalachia.

This collection of short stories represents over two decades of writing and rewriting that began in 1996 when Bill Weinberg was a Visiting Fellow in Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences working with Jill McCorkle, who was then Director of Creative Writing at Harvard.  These stories reflect a kaleidoscope of life experiences, both real and imagined.

Most of these stories have an Appalachian setting but two of them occur in the Caribbean. They cover the passage of life from childhood through young adulthood, middle age and finally old age.  The stories deal with disparate subjects -  winning the lottery, Vietnam and terrorism, substance abuse, childhood trauma, island adventures and existential choices.  Some stories are comic, some tragic and some whimsical.  As the master short story teller, Flannery O'Conner said, "When anybody asks what a story is about, the only proper thing is to tell them to read the story." Bill Weinberg's stories are well worth reading.

by Bill Weinberg

About the author:

Bill Weinberg lives in Knott County, Kentucky along the banks of Troublesome Creek with wife, Lois Combs Weinberg, and their three dogs.  He co-edited with Laurel Shackelford, "Our Appalachian: An Oral History," which received the Weatherford Aware given by Berea College for the best Appalachian writing of the year.  He was a visiting fellow at Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Creative Writing, working with novelist Jill McCorkle.  Bill served six years on the Kentucky Board of Education and is chairman of the Appalachian Artisan Center, a regional arts and economic development non-profit. He is an attorney and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Hindman.  He and Lois have three sons, Jed, Zach, Tomas and four grandchildren.

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