The Books

This Ain’t No Normal Fire!

Gerry Stanek’s second volume of fiction brings you back to Plattsville in a series of vignettes that capture the humanity of this imagined coal town. This Ain’t No Normal Fire is set in 1920s Western Pennsylvania. Plattsville’s inhabitants live on the edge of survival, loss and deception. Available on March 29, 2021.

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They Came Here Looking for Light: The Plattsville Stories

Who lives in Plattsville? There are young men, who hope to escape the hardships of a life spent underground; the middle-aged men who juggle union and economic pressures, as well as the moral and sexual codes of small-town life. There are female protagonists here, too, and a sense of being protected and contained within the embrace of family, community, or landscape.

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Loud and Sure of Myself

Loud and Sure of Myself enchants us with these tales out of Coal Country, where a radio station mattered, and people drove icy mountain roads to hear local kids becoming rockers. From the altar boy to the musician with tales of 4,000 gigs, he shares indelible images of a small, specific place now lost to change.” – Val Nieman, author of To the Bones.

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“Gerry Stanek’s poems and stories are both tender and tough in equal measure…

CHARLES BAXTER

“Gerry Stanek’s poems and stories are both tender and tough in equal measure…

One of the purposes of fiction is to save what is about to disappear, and these beautifully honorable stories do exactly that.”