Concord, Virginia by Peter Neofotis
A Southern Town in Eleven Stories

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“In the places set between folds in the Earth, voices echo against mountains…”


So begins the story of Concord, Virginia, one of those places set between folds in the Earth. It’s a place like almost any other Southern town, filled with self-righteous preachers, descendants of slaves, upstanding town leaders, and the ladies of the local bridge club. But Concord has something else: a dark heart. A church has been abandoned. Vultures have been roosting in the trees at George MacJenkins’s house. Poisonous snakes follow Rachel Stetson into the river for a swim. And the ghost of Thomas Jefferson has recently spoken through a man chained to fate. Deftly spinning a web of stories from the voices of the town, Peter Neofotis creates a captivating portrait---comic, dramatic, bombastic, and tragic---of a place trapped in time and possessed by the valley landscape that surrounds it. In the tradition of great Southern gothic writing, Peter Neofotis brings to life the town of Concord, Virginia, allowing even the ancient voices there to swirl through the glazed brick streets like the Fork River. This collection of short stories is a pulse-raising debut by a writer who’s created a place the reader will never forget.


About Peter Neofotis

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Peter Neofotis has worked by day at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and served as a contributing author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which recently shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. By night he has written and performed the stories of Concord, Virginia at several New York theaters. He lives in New York City.
Published July 7, 2009 by St. Martin's Press. 192 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Uneven debut offers a nod to the Southern tradition of oral storytelling.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Concord, Virginia: A Southern...

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This colorful debut collection consists of 11 interlinked stories set in a fictitious Shenandoah Valley town between the early 1950s and late '70s. The stories exhibit an Appalachian Gothic vibe,

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