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Wrecking Yard

Pinckney Benedict


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A collection of short stories which illuminate, with imagery and humor, the darkest corners of the American soul. The author attempts to capture the personalities of rural America, shaped by poverty, cruelty, and an odd compassion.

Nan A. Talese, 9780385511193, 222pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 1992

About the Author

Pinckney Benedict was born in 1964. He grew up and continues to live on his family’s dairy farm, not far north of Lewisburg, West Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where he studied creative writing with Joyce Carol Oates, and a master’s degree from the creative writing program of the University of Iowa. His first collection of short stories, Town Smokes, was published in 1987 to wide acclaim; included in that collection was “The Sutton Pie Safe,” for which Mr. Benedict received the Nelson Algren Award, given by the Chicago Tribune. He has also received a James Michener Fellowship from the Writers’ Workshop.