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North to Lakeville Paperback – December 15, 2017
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In the tradition of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, the Lakeville of Jason Kapcala's excellent story collection offers up a community of misfits whose unsteady lives are driven by alcohol, infidelity, and a perpetual failure to escape their baser selves. These are rich stories that explore the seedier side of small-town American life.
―Clint McCown, author of Haints
In the stories that make up North to Lakeville, Jason Kapcala reveals memorable characters in heartbreaking situations, told with the precision of a poet's sense of language. Through their foibles and small victories, we are reminded how extraordinary it is to be an ordinary human, the mark of a master storyteller.
―Renee K. Nicholson, author of Roundabout Directions to Lincoln Center
Lakeville is beautiful. I felt like I knew or wanted to know so many of the characters in this haunting, funny, and sharply observed collection. Each story holds a searing truth. Each narrator's voice is authentic. The people in Kapcala's landscape see their world fully--the hardship, the humor, the dubious things we do because it made perfect sense at the time, the many wounded ways we try to love each other. Perfect for a stormy night with a warm fire and a good bottle of whiskey.
―Rebecca Barry, author of Later, at the Bar
About the Author
Jason Kapcala grew up in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania where there are many lakes to fish. He earned degrees from Penn State University, Ohio University, and West Virginia University. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, and his writing has been nominated for various prizes, including the Pushcart Prize. He currently lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, along the Monongahela River, where writes, works, and runs a community writing program for adult learners.
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In the day and age of scripted reality television fodder, North to Lakeville is refreshing and imaginative. Intricately weaving the lives of his characters together, Kapcala makes the average existence a riveting read. It’s a voyeuristic view into the lives of characters that could be anyone you know: your neighbors, your co-workers, even yourself.