Blue Ridge Shadows
Stories by Julia Nunnally Duncan
Blue Ridge Shadows by Julia Nunnally Duncan is a collection of fifteen short stories set in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. These stories are skillfully woven into an emotional landscape of the region, with effects of poverty and economic blight never far from the surface. The stories are of proud and independent people facing difficult times in the best way they can. They deal with the rural South with great impact and effectiveness. Without resorting to stereotypes, Duncan’s stories show the psychological effect of isolation and poverty and on people, particularly women. These are stories that will linger in the memory.
Julia Nunnally Duncan writes direct, precise-yet-lyrical prose, which serves to ground the extraordinary things which happen to the ordinary people in her stories. Or maybe these people are not ordinary at all - maybe nobody is. Maybe that's the point. A small-town wife falls in love with a mannequin in a Civil War uniform...a ne'er-do-well undertaker's daughter can't quit visiting the dead...a teenage love goes tragically wrong...These stories rise quietly to the level of myth; they are powerful stories - sometimes dark, always deep. They will linger in your mind.
- Lee Smith
- Kathryn Stripling Byer