Glowing review from Adam Booth at Appalachian Heritage: "This was not the only story in the collection that made me laugh aloud and cry before the last word was read. Indeed, the world and plight of each story is so real and relatable that on more than one occasion the glimpse offered in a single short story wasn’t enough. I had to set the book down many times to breathe with the emotions and live with the inevitable realities." Read the full review over at Appalachian Heritage.
"Accounts of LGBT individuals in Appalachia are not often told as they are in Jonathan Corcoran’s stellar story collection The Rope Swing, and that’s a shame, because the perspective of gay Appalachia in particular is a very specific story of survival in a region more or less defined by survival stories. Compact and intimate with an array of protagonists, gay and straight, young and old, Swing is filled with fearless, tender portraits of life in a region that, like the rest of the country, is making its stumbling way through the 21st century." Full review at American Micro Reviews.
Wonderful and thorough review from The Expendable Mudge: "My take on Jonathan Corcoran is that we'll hear more from him, and it will be good and get better. Start here with this collection, say you knew his writing when."
The Los Angeles Review writes: "Corcoran’s achievement in this collection is to establish a prevailing undercurrent of human connection among his disparate and damaged characters and to suggest that this potential exists for all of us."
"Corcoran is a remarkably empathetic writer whose subtle portraits capture undeniably tender moments in the lives of his characters."
The Rope Swing chosen as 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 year's best story collection!
Renee K Nicholson makes the case for the universality of Appalachian literature by examining The Rope Swing and the wonderful Trampoline (Robert Gipe) at Electric Literature.
Melissa Adamo interviews Jonathan at The Rumpus.
Poet and Lambda Literary Finalist Roberto Santiago interviews Jonathan for English Kills Review.
Oakland Public Library selects The Rope Swing for LGBTQI Book Month!
Chet the Big City Sasquatch raves about The Rope Swing.
English Kills Review covers Jonathan's book launch at Greenlight Bookstore with Tayari Jones.
The Rope Swing is highlighted in Lambda Literary's April Book Roundup.
Kevin Catalano interviews Jonathan about his book, life, and his current playlist.
The Beckley Register-Herald interviews Jonathan about The Rope Swing.
The Rope Swing named Editor's Pick by New Pages.
"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
"A powerful, moving, and beautifully-written book. Corcoran writes both queer and straight characters with insight and empathy. He is an observant writer who understands people's pain, regrets, heartache, and hope. This much needed, important book explores rural America and queer identity, two subjects rarely portrayed together."
-Carter Sickels, author of The Evening Hour
"The Rope Swing is an astute, stereotype-busting triumph that shines a light on gay Appalachia. Corcoran unflinchingly exposes hard truths about a complicated region and its people who grapple with identity in more ways than one."
-Marie Manilla, author of Still Life with Plums and The Patron Saint of Ugly
"This rainbow of West Virginia lives—gay and straight, old and young, rich and poor—is a marvel from every angle. A stirring and absorbing meditation on rural origins and desires."
-Katherine Hill, author of The Violet Hour
"These are the queer stories I have been searching for my entire life—aching and honest narratives of what it means to be both tied to a geography and excluded from it. The characters in this collection exist now in my memory as fully and significantly as people I've loved for years."
-Megan Kruse, author of Call Me Home