Eugene Cross on Breece DJ Pancake’s “Trilobites”
by Salvatore Pane
Someone handed me a copy of Breece D’J Pancake’s story ‘Trilobites,’ and that was really it. I reread it over and over, and have done so periodically ever since. It seemed to be about everything: fathers and sons, war, love, violence, sex, mothers and sons, limitations, the earth the sky. Everything.The narrator, a young man named Colly, has been left in charge of the family farm in West Virginia after his father’s death, and he’s no farmer. The whole crop has gone to blight. His mother wants to sell and move near family in Ohio, but Colly can’t come to terms with it. His high school girlfriend, Ginny, has returned for a visit from Florida, and she’s changed. Everything has changed. Everything but Colly. The story felt so familiar.
–My buddy Eugene Cross on the start of his writing life and one of my all time favorite short stories, “Trilobites.”