For Leah Hampton, F*ckface is all about location, location, location (and a lot of weird characters)

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Leah Hampton’s short story collection F*fuckface has the best book title of the years. Hands down. While you can’t judge a book by its cover – or title – you can judge it by its content. And holy cow, F*ckface goes there.

Primarily set in rural Appalachia, where Hampton herself lives, the stories explore rural settings filled with weird characters. Hampton says she writes about, “Appalachia, corpses, ecoanxiety, and smart women” and that’s exactly what you get with these stories.

Adam Vitcavage is joined by Leah Hampton to discuss her debut story collection F*ckface. The two chat about Appalachia, how she follows characters, and why research is just as important for stories as it is novels.

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