Lenore McComas Coberly

Lenore McComas Coberly grew up in Lincoln County, West Virginia. She is the author of The Handywoman Stories and the senior author of Writers Have No Age. Her poetry, essays, and stories have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Appalachian Journal, and other journals and in Wild Street Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry, 1950-1999.

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Sarah’s Girls · A Chronicle of Big Ugly Creek
By Lenore McComas Coberly

Situated in a remote outpost in West Virginia at the turn of the last century, the story that Lenore McComas Coberly tells in Sarah's Girls is one of place, people, and unquenchable spirit. In this fictionalized account of her recent ancestors, Coberly masterfully traces the journeys of their lives, their dreams, and their hardships over the course of the twentieth century.

Sarah’s Girls is a breath of fresh, clean mountain air. I loved it! No Appalachian author can turn a phrase quite like Lenore McComas Coberly. She takes me home!”

Homer Hickam




Lenore McComas Coberly has woven together a bittersweet community of strong Appalachian women and men in this remarkable collection. Moving and joyful, these stories are made from the stuff of life.

The Handywoman Stories are the real thing—deep, pure, honest, and wise. Lenore Coberly's gift for narrative is a kind of genius. What a wonderful storyteller she is!”

Lee Smith