"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

laura longThis week meet Laura Long, author of Out of Peel Tree, a novel in stories, and two collections of poetry, The Eye of Caroline Herschel:A Life in Poems and Imagine a Door. Laura has received a James Michener Fellowship, James River Writers Award, Donald Barthelme Fellowship, PEN-Texas Award, Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellowships, and has published in magazines including The Southern Review and Shenandoah. She teaches at Lynchburg College in Virginia and with the low-residency MFA at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and has taught in numerous community and university settings.

Buy Laura’s Beautiful Books!

Out of Peel Tree


Imagine a Door


The Eye of Caroline Herschel:A Life in Poems


Praise for Out of Peel Tree

“Aside from the gorgeous writing and deeply compelling characters, what I especially value about Laura Long’s Out of Peel Tree is its honoring both the region and the literature out of which it springs, at the same time it brilliantly offers a new vision and shines a light on the path ahead. This is a book to be enjoyed immediately and cherished for years to come.”~David Huddle, author of Only the Little Bone and The Story of a Million Years

“Laura Long has eyes like no other. The world she sees has more dimensions than the mundane 3-D world the rest of us inhabit. In her world even dry leaves and red tomatoes and postcards are sentient.“~Marie Manilla, author of The Patron Saint of Ugly and Still Life with Plums

“In an elaborate mosaic that is both moving and uplifting, Out of Peel Tree tells the story of three generations of West Virginia women and their survival against the odds. This vivid, compact work is akin to an unforgiving family portrait that reveals everything—warts and all.”~Clifford Garstang, author of What the Zhang Boys Know and 2013 recipient of the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction.

“Laura Long writes with such tenderness for her characters, for place, for the natural world. The images shimmer and the links delight. Out of Peel Tree is tatted into the finest lace—delicate, seamless, and strong. Is it any wonder this is a poet’s novel?”~Sara Pritchard, author of Help Wanted: Female and Crackpots

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