Kentucky Straight: Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 13, 2011 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Kentucky straight is bourbon with no mixer. Kentucky Straight is Kentucky seen without nostalgic gloss. These riveting, often heartbreaking stories, take us through country that is unmapped. They are set in a nameless Appalachian community too small to be called a town, a place where wanting an education is a mark of ungodly arrogance and dowsing for water a legitimate occupation; where hunting is not a sport but a means of survival. These are stories of coal miners and backwoods medicine men, of gamblers and marijuana farmers, tales of real tragedy and unutterable strangeness that convey their sense of place so vividly that we feel its ground rise beneath our feet.
 
Offutt has received a James Michener Grant and a Kentucky Arts Council Award.
 

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nice imagery--bittersweet, rainy and full of great landscapes--interesting portrait of mountain people Read full review

Contents

HOUSE RAISING 
THE LEAVING ONE 
HORSEWEED 
OLD OF THE MOON 
SMOKEHOUSE 
BLUE LICK
AUNT GRANNY LITH 
NINEBALL 
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Chris Offutt is an award-winning author and screenwriter. He worked on the HBO drama True Blood and the Showtime series Weeds. His books include Kentucky StraightThe Same River Twice, The Good BrotherOut of the Woods, and No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays, The Best American Short Stories, and many other anthologies. He lives near Oxford, Mississippi.

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