"The stranger nodded. 'See that little white bird over yonder in that cypress?' he said, pointing with his rod.

Shading his eyes with his hand, Pearl squinted across the river. 'Yeah, I see him."

'I been following him for fifty years now. He takes me whereever I need to go.'

'I had no idy a bird lived that long,' Pearl said.

'Oh, that one will never die.'"

The Heavenly Table



Donald Ray Pollock is an American writer. Born in 1954 and raised in Knockemstiff, Ohio, Pollock has lived his entire adult life in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he worked at the Mead Paper Mill as a laborer and truck driver until age 50, when he enrolled in the English program at Ohio State University. While there, Doubleday published his debut short story collection, Knockemstiff, and the New York Times regularly posted his election dispatches from southern Ohio throughout the 2008 campaign. The Devil All the Time, his first novel, was published in 2011. His work has appeared in various literary journals, including Epoch, Sou’wester, Granta, Third Coast, River Styx, The Journal, Boulevard, Tin House, and PEN America. His newest book, a novel called The Heavenly Table, will be published by Doubleday in July, 2016.