This is as closely-knit an anthology as you are ever likely to see.
It is as though a large, extended family were drawing on the same store of family stories, jokes, symbols, landscapes, animals, trees, language, and vernacular.
How many snakes are in this book? How many foxes, possums? Fossils? And how very many coal mines? But it is not merely local references that unites these writers.
There is a larger vision that ties these works together.