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When Will the Rural Mother Rise Up?

While men like J.D. Vance get to follow their dreams, women are left behind to pick up the pieces

A young mother with her son, c. 1984. Photo: David Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

In the spring of 2016, the Kenyon Review published my essay “On Poverty,” about being a writer and single parent living below the poverty line in rural Appalachia. I wrote about how difficult it is for those who are not wealthy to have access…

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Alison Stine

Alison Stine

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Alison Stine’s novel TRASHLANDS will release from MIRA/HarperCollins in October. Her first novel won the Philip K Dick Award. She writes for The New York Times.