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In the hills of north central West Virginia, there lives a cast of characters who face all manner of problems. From the people who are incarcerated in West Virginia’s prisons, to a woman who is learning how to lose her sight with grace, to another who sorely regrets selling her land to a fracking company, Jaws of Life portrays the diverse concerns the people of this region face every day—poverty, mental illness, drug abuse, the loss of coal mines, and the rise of new extractive industries that exert their own toll.

While these larger concerns exist on the edges of their realities, these characters must still deal with quotidian difficulties: how to coexist with ex-spouses, how to care for sick family members, and how to live with friends who always seem to have more. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Frackers
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Brickton Boys
  2. pp. 17-27
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  1. A Room with a Door
  2. pp. 28-38
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  1. Winners
  2. pp. 39-50
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  1. House of Tires
  2. pp. 51-63
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  1. Fat Bottomed Girls
  2. pp. 64-71
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  1. The Dance
  2. pp. 72-80
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  1. The Tattoo
  2. pp. 81-87
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  1. Grief
  2. pp. 88-98
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  1. The Dollar General
  2. pp. 99-103
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  1. Controlled Fall
  2. pp. 104-113
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  1. Popular
  2. pp. 114-123
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  1. Jaws of Life
  2. pp. 124-132
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  1. Muddin'
  2. pp. 133-141
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  1. May Ours Be As Happy As Yours
  2. pp. 142-148
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  1. Photographing the Dead
  2. pp. 149-156
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 157-158
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781946684172
Related ISBN
9781946684158
MARC Record
OCLC
1022793007
Pages
168
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-17
Language
English
Open Access
No
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