The Ballad of Cherrystoke & Other StoriesPublisher: Blackwater PressISBN: 978-1-7357747-0-1Genre: Literary Fiction, Short StoriesPrice: Paperback $18.00
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 yearsMeagan Lucas, author of Songbirds and Stray Dogs
An extraordinary and haunting debutAdam 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 themSteven Dunn, author of Potted Meat