Erik Axl Sund is the pen name of Swedish authors Jerker Eriksson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist. "The Crow Girl," just appearing in its first American edition, contains three novels originally published separately: "The Crow Girl" (2010), "The Hunger Fire" (2011) and "The Pythia’s Instructions…

There seems to be a genre of new works set in what used to be thought of as bucolic Appalachia. True masters like Ron Rash chronicle a decidedly different Appalachia, however, one whose inhabitants seem to have become as exhausted as the landscape they so tenaciously cling to. In such a land…