The Spine of the Virginias

$ 17.95.  6 X 9, 420 pages

Non-fiction, by Michael Abraham

A mere 73 days after a ragtag South Carolina militia attacked Fort Sumter launching the War Between the States, a band of railroad executives and politicians from 27 Northwestern Virginia counties met in Wheeling, then Virginia’s third largest city, and laid the foundation for our nation’s 35th state, West Virginia. Born amidst the Sturm und Drang of our nation’s most tragic and disruptive event, West Virginia is the first and only state created from another state without the parent state’s consent. The border is as craggy and haphazard as the topography upon which it was superimposed, a beautiful, tragic, and widely misunderstood swath of the central Appalachia.
    In The Spine of the Virginias, native Southwest Virginian Michael Abraham chips away at the West Virginia formation myth. He follows with a collection of contemporary vignettes of people and places on both sides of the border of Virginia and West Virginia, in revealing looks at the interaction between a landscape and its people.  He profiles doctors, lawyers, journalists, miners, and businesspeople; senators, mayors, and gubernatorial candidates; filmmakers, musicians, and artists; beekeepers, maple syrup producers, brick sculptors, and barbarians.  
    This palette is infused with green and brown earthtones, the canvas is a richly corrugated and rugged parchment, and the patina is a pall of resentment, resignation, affection, divided loyalties, and constitutional ambiguities. 

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