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A consistently reflective, often riotous narrative of the author's progress into manhood, from trouble and conflict in his native Appalachia, through a tour of America's underbelly, to his marriage and settlement on the Iowa River. Tour.
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Chris Offutt author of the critically acclaimed story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother, and the memoir No Heroes, lives in Iowa City, Iowa.From Library Journal:
A new and promising writer, Offutt records his rocky road to manhood and becoming a writer. Whether hitching a ride with a dangerous character or working as a walrus in a traveling circus, he felt compelled to keep a journal. He left Appalachia at 19 and took a decade to realize he was sinking ever deeper into failure. Finally, he changed course, got married, and, with the encouragement of his wife, enrolled in a writing program. The results were a 1990 Michener Award for short fiction and a collection of stories, Kentucky Straight (Random, 1992). In his current volume, by turns lyrical and graphic, outrageous and sensitive, tragic and hilarious, Offutt writes of the 29 stitches his wife required after childbirth, how his mother spoke "gentle as rain," and of the twinkling of beaver saliva on fresh wood chips in the Iowa woods where he now lives. Strong writing in a memoir of particular interest to academic libraries.
- Nancy Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0671787349