Internationally famous author and West Virginia native Richard Currey has chosen the West Virginia University Press to print the second edition of his critically acclaimed novel,Lost Highway.
The new edition of the book that chronicles the life and times of a musician trying to make his way in a changing world contains previously unpublished material.
Lost Highwayis the story of Sapper Reeves, a banjoist who loves his music as much as he loves life and his family; a man who struggles to make his music known, even to an indifferent world.
Constantly on the road, the gifted banjo-picker perpetually struggles to reconcile his turbulent and difficult musical careerbut while he can shine on bandstand, his life away from gigs is shadowed with an increasingly turbulent family life that includes his frustrated wife, and a son wounded in the Vietnam War.
Lost Highwayis Curreys third novel. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly sang its praises:This novel by the much-praised Currey is as eloquently piercing and deeply American as a classic folk balladtold in a haunting prose that allows �€~Lost Highwayto emerge on the page like music itself.
Currey, who was born in Parkersburg in 1949, grew up with a love for West Virginia literature that he credits to his grandfather. His writing, in part, was shaped by Vietnam, where he served as a medic. His first book,Crossing Over: A Vietnam Journal, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
He is a recipient of the Associated Writers Program Award and also received a citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation.
Currey is scheduled for a noontime appearance at the West Virginia Book Festival in Charleston on Oct. 23, where hell sign books at the WVU Press booth and give advice to aspiring writers on the craft, including the trick of translating music themes to fiction.
An unabridged audio version ofLost Highwayis also available on Mountain Whispers Records. The five-CD set is performed by Mountain Whispers founder Ross Ballard II, a nationally recognized voice actor.
For more information on Curreys book and other titles, visitwww.wvupress.comor call 1-866-WVUPRESS.