National Writers Series: An evening with Beth Macy

Sep 20, 2018

Credit Alan Newton

In one of Beth Macy’s previous books, Factory Man, she profiled a furniture maker in rural Virginia struggling to stay in business in an era of rising competition from Asia. In her latest book Dopesick, she returns to central Appalachia to explore the result of economic distress in these small towns: increasing drug addiction and overdose deaths, especially to OxyContin and heroin. Beth talks this hour with Interlochen Public Radio executive director Peter Payette. She told Peter that the only way she was able to deal with the subject matter for Dopesick was to focus on what’s being done to solve the problem.