Set largely in the modern South, the stories in Being Dead in South Carolina concern people who no longer recognize themselves, who have arrived, like the Sunbelt itself, to a strange day that seems disconnected from all the old days, the old stories, the old selves. Yet it’s always on this day we must answer for ourselves–right an overturned car, recover the body of a brother, convince a son of our worth and his. We are adrift with bad judgment, a little loose in the head, but searching for the correction.
“Jacob White’s characters are in trouble, and their creator brings them to life with language both lush and harsh, gritty and great.” – Antonya Nelson, author of Bound
“Fresh, fierce, sad, funny, deep. The author is a natural story teller, with a voice that is like music. This book sings. It’s real, it’s beautiful.” – Lev Raphael, author of The German Money
JACOB WHITE is the author of the story collection “Being Dead in South Carolina.” His fiction has appeared in many journals, including “The Georgia Review,” “New Letters,” “Salt Hill,” and “The Sewanee Review,” from whom he received the Andrew Lytle Prize in Fiction. His writing has received several honorable mentions in The Pushcart Prize and “Best American Short Stories” anthologies. He’s held the Donald Barthelme Memorial Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Houston, where he received a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing. He has been an assistant professor of writing and literature at Johnson State College (Vermont), whose magazine “Green Mountains Review” he continues to co-edit. He lives now in Ithaca, New York with his wife, son, and dog.