Skip to main content

MFA English Alumn and Author Sarah Beth Childers writes ‘Prodigals: A Sister’s Memoir of Appalachia and Loss’

As she lay in her driveway watching dragonflies eat gnats and swallows eat dragonflies, she realized that her grieving process would include writing about not only the tragedy of his death, but the uncertainty of his life and how undiagnosed mental illness and religion had played a role in both.

In “Prodigals: A Sister’s Memoir of Appalachia and Loss,” Childers tells a story of love, loss, grief and reckoning with catalysts both internal and external that compelled her beloved brother to live a life outside their family’s norms – and then take that life as an escape from the world where he was sometimes a full-blown participant and at other times a reluctant player.

This article is republished from WVU Magazine — read the original article.