The Good Brother

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Simon & Schuster, 1997 - Fiction - 317 pages
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"Virgil Caudill has always toed the line of the law, leaving the hell-raising to his brother, Boyd. Now Boyd is dead, and everyone - even the sheriff and Virgil's own mother - expects Virgil to avenge the death, fulfilling the old unwritten code of the Kentucky hills." "Virgil cannot break that code, but he is determined to escape the cycle of retaliation. He gives up not only his modest hopes but his identity and, like countless fugitives before him, heads west. There, among people who are as foreign to him as the stark Montana landscape, he finds love, purpose, community - all that he left behind. But just when his dreams are within reach, the past overtakes him, with devastating consequences."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The first half of Offutt's first novel is set in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky, where Virgil Caudill is balking at seeking revenge against the killer of his wayward brother Boyd. Hoping to break ... Read full review

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it rocks so far. he has southern me nailed down perfect. i feel like i have met some of these characters. Read full review


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Chris Offut's work has beenrecognized by fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. His works has also received a Whiting Writer award, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for "fiction that takes risks." He's also written comic books, essays, stage plays, and screenplays. His work appears in many anthologies, is widely translated, and taught in high schools and college.

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