By Lee Maynard
(Vandalia Press, Paperback, 9781935978503, 208pp.)

Publication Date: April 2012

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In Crum, a gritty coal town on the West Virginia-Kentucky border, the boys fight, swear, chase and sometimes catch girls. The adults are cramped in and clueless, hemmed in by the mountains. The weight of wonder, dejection, and even possibility loom over this tiny, suffocating town. This story is the tale of Jesse Stone, who doesn t know where he's going, but knows he is leaving, and whose rebellion against the people and the place of his childhood allows him to reject the comfort and familiarity of his home in search of his place in a larger world.

About the Author
Maynard is a graduate of West Virginia University and attended graduate school at Marshall University. Maynard is a novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, editor and journalist.

Praise For Crum

"Each time I read Lee Maynard’s Crum, I ask myself why this foul-mouthed, sexist, scatological, hillbilly-stereotyping novel is one of my all-time favorites." Meredith Sue Willis, author Oradell at Sea

"[Maynard] writes like Jean Shepherd on acid...Crum is one twisted little novel." Robert Beveridge, Critic


"Maynard is a Gonzo Mountaineer..." Pops Walker, musician and writer

"Crum is great. Lee Maynard is a genius. No writing has captured rural America this well since Mark Twain. A masterpiece." Stephen Coonts, author Flight of the Intruder

"Whatever you do, don't read Crum." Jack Cawthon, Hur Herald

"For all its faults, Crum creates a hilarious, poignant, recognizable picture of a place and time, and of people I've known." Rodger Cunningham, Journal of Appalachian Studies

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