I'm reading the stories of Breece D'J Pancake. So far I've learned that West Virginia is beautiful but depressing. Will I learn anything else? I'm a couple pages into the third story. This guy died thirty years ago this month, and this is his only book. Supposed to be really good. Probably not my thing. Why do southern characters always sound fake in their dialogue? And as is almost always the case with short stories, the endings tend to just sort of fizzle out.