A collection of linked stories by celebrated Kentucky author Gurney Norman. Allegiance is an autobiography told through stories, a personal journey into Norman’s life, place, and consciousness. Spanning forty years of writing, the stories are told mainly in the voice of Norman’s fictional narrator, Wilgus Collier, known to readers from the Kinfolks stories. A selection of nonfiction pieces comprises the book’s epilogue, which features an Author’s Note on the book. Allegiance follows Norman’s struggle to understand his working-class childhood and midlife struggles. From the coalfields of Appalachia to the center of the 1960s counterculture and back again to Kentucky, Norman’s journey has been a life of many movements. The book features a foreword by Leatha Kendrick and original cover art by Appalachian painter Pam Oldfield Meade.
Meet the Author
Gurney Norman is a novelist and short story writer whose works include Divine Right’s Trip, a novel first published in The Last Whole Earth Catalog; the short story collection Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories; and the novella Ancient Creek: A Folktale. He is Professor of English at the University of Kentucky and former Kentucky Poet Laureate. He received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University where he studied with Irish short story writer Frank O’Connor. A native of eastern Kentucky, Norman is widely known as an Appalachian literary and cultural advocate and mentor of young writers. He is coeditor of Back Talk from Appalachia: Confronting Stereotypes and An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature.