Lockjaw

Holly Farris

Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award for Fiction

Short stories set in Appalachia.

"Lockjaw sings with all the power of Appalachian storytelling-inventive language, unforgettable voices, narratives that take surprise hairpin turns-without ever romanticizing the region or leaning on stereotypes. Refreshing and passionate, these are stories of unexpected gestures, some brutal, some full of grace, and almost all acts of secret love." -Ann Pancake, author of Given Ground


"***** Holly Farris's prose ranges from elegant to gutsy, gentle to edgy, spare to lush. Her settings are evocative, and we come to care deeply about her characters. Each of these stories is like an entrancingly lyrical song, the kind you find yourself singing long after the music has stopped playing." -Janice Eidus, author of The War Of The Rosens


Holly Farris

Holly Farris is an Appalachian who has worked as an autopsy assistant, restaurant baker, and beekeeper. She is the fifth generation of her family to live on their farm in the mountains of southwest Virginia. She obtained a BA in biology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her education has fostered both her career in science and community activism. Her short fiction has appeared in journals as diverse as Appalachian Heritage, The Greensboro Review, Lodestar Quarterly, and Frontiers. Farris has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize.