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The Ballad of Cherrystoke & Other Stories

The Ballad of Cherrystoke & Other Stories

By Melanie McGee BianchiPublisher: Blackwater PressISBN: 978-1-7357747-0-1Genre: Literary Fiction, Short StoriesPrice: Paperback $18.00
Available from: Blackwater Press

A collection of contemporary short fiction set in the mountain South. Stories have previously appeared in the Chattahoochee Review, The Moth Magazine, and the Mississippi Review.

Melanie McGee Bianchi has been in the Western North Carolina media scene for 25 years and is currently editor of three lifestyle magazines: Asheville Made, Bold Life, and Carolina Home + Garden. Her poems, articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in local, national, and international print and online formats. She has won industry awards for editing and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for poetry. The title story of Ballad of Cherrystoke & Other Stories appeared in the Mississippi Review's Summer Prize Issue 2020.


This is the best debut collection I’ve read in years

Meagan Lucas, author of Songbirds and Stray Dogs

An extraordinary and haunting debut

Adam Clay, editor of Mississippi Review and author of To Make Room for the Sea and A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World

She’s telling you these stories because you need to hear them

Steven Dunn, author of Potted Meat