"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
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by Jason Kapcala
ISBN: 978-1-988214-14-6 (paperback)
Release Date:December 2017
Lakeville has fallen on hard times. But don't tell that to the locals. Though they’re fond of claiming that nothing ever happens in this corner of Pennsylvania, their stories suggest otherwise. There's the former blues guitar player who never opens his case. The classically trained clarinetist who runs the lakeside bait and tackle shop, even though he hates fishing. The snake wrangler who worries about the bad intentions of his wife’s artsy friends. The firefighter who fears retirement more than death. The grandmother who is determined to hike to the top of Fernridge Mountain. And the alcoholic excavation foreman who whittles toys for his estranged children while investigating the suspicious death of his boss. Their intersecting stories, a full stringer of unfulfilled dreams and missed opportunities, are the kind of "fish tales" best told over a pint at Bebe's Tavern or in boat on Grady's Lake during those quiet moments before dusk.
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.