Constance Alexander: In Country uses fiction and fact to make a connection between past, present

The first page of Bobbie Ann Mason’s novel, “In Country,” was my informal orientation to Kentucky. Samantha Hughes, the main character, was en route from the Bluegrass State to Washington DC with her grandmother and her Uncle Emmett to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Five lines down from the beginning, the word “Mamaw” jumped off the page. Then a few paragraphs down, Stuckey’s and...

Constance Alexander: Pull up a chair and join the circle of Kentucky stories, both past and present

The candle is burning, the clock is ticking, the sun is setting. Whatever the metaphor, the door to summer slams shut when school starts in a couple of weeks. Even if the to-do lists remain woefully unchecked, consider spending the last fortnight of the season enjoying a couple of outstanding books with Kentucky connections. If you read “In Country” after its first printing thirty-two years...