Glenn Taylor The Songs of Betty Baach

About the author:

Glenn Taylor’s The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award. Taylor’s work has appeared in the Oxford AmericanTin HouseElectric Literature, and Huizache. Born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia, he now resides in Morgantown, where he teaches in the MFA program at West Virginia University.

About the book:

Set in West Virginia, The Songs of Betty Baach follows the lives of the Baaches of Keystone and the Knoxes of Mosestown as they twist and connect in a tale of survival and retribution that crosses three centuries—moving from Betty Baach’s girlhood in colonial America to a future warped by environmental collapse and political unrest. Refusing the erasure of the lives of women, Indigenous peoples, and Black people who have always called this region home, this eloquent and distinctive novel is a necessary remedy for the continued distortion of a land and its inhabitants.