An exceptional debut from a promising author, The Rope Swing was a beautiful collection of stories focused on both gay and straight characters and situated primarily in an unnamed community of West Virginia, with a few set outside, but with apparent connections to said community. Corcoran’s prose was lustrous and powerful and melancholy. You jumped in and felt the characters’ yearning, heartaches, and dreams. Each story ended at the right moment; the perfect capsule of time captured. The desire for more came for my short but deep investment with a character or two. I recommend this title to anyone who enjoys taut, moving, and (sometimes) sentimental stories.