"Jonathan Corcoran's Appalachian voice, so fierce, so tender, portrays tradition as both weapon and soothing balm. The Rope Swing takes us inside quiet revolutions of the soul in mountain towns far from Stonewall: we can never go home again, but we recognize ourselves in these linked stories of love, loss, the economic tyranny of neglect and exploitation, and the lifelong alliance between those who stay and those who leave. The Rope Swing establishes a new American writer whose unerring instincts are cause for celebration."

—Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Quiet Dell, Lark and Termite, and Black Tickets


The Rope Swing is a finalist for the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards! Winners announced in June. 

The Rope Swing makes the long list for The Story Prize, an award given to the best story collection of the year!

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Jonathan Corcoran's debut story collection is The Rope Swing, published by Vandalia Press, the fiction imprint of West Virginia University Press. The Rope Swing is available to order now.