Last Mountain Dancer
480 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:20 Jun 2018
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Last Mountain Dancer

Hard-Earned Lessons in Love, Loss, and Honky-Tonk Outlaw Life

West Virginia University Press

This gonzo-style metamemoir follows Chuck Kinder on a wild tour of the back roads of his home state of West Virginia, where he encounters Mountain State legends like Sid Hatfield, Dagmar, Robert C. Byrd, the Mothman, Chuck Yeager, Soupy Sales, Don Knotts, and Jesco White, the “Dancing Outlaw.”

Novelist Kinder pours out sudden, undomesticated, melancholy word songs from his home place, where he’s returned to gather stories for stewing in his imagination and memory.’
Kirkus Reviews
Colorful enough to inspire Michael Douglas’ character, Grady Tripp, in the movie Wonder Boys, Kinder starts with the most interesting West Virginian available: himself.’
Alan Moores, Booklist
Sparks fly, plans are hatched, threats are made, and a lot of legally questionable activity is engaged in, and Kinder’s fine prose relates it all.’
Publishers Weekly

Chuck Kinder is the author of four novels—Snakehunter, The Silver Ghost, Honeymooners, and Last Mountain Dancer—and three collections of poetry—Imagination Motel, All That Yellow, and Hot Jewels. As a professor of creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh for more than three decades, Kinder served as the director of the creative writing program and helped foster the careers of Michael Chabon, Earl H. McDaniel, Chuck Rosenthal, Gretchen Moran Laskas, and Keely Bowers. He now lives in Key Largo, Florida, with Diane Cecily, his wife of over forty years.

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