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 Straight, The Same River Twice, The Good Brother, Out 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.
With COUNTRY DARK his first work of fiction in nearly two decades, Offutt delivers a taut, compelling novel set in rural Kentucky about a good man pushed by circumstance into crime.
Tucker, a young veteran, returns home from the Korean War and finds work running moonshine through the hills and hollows of Eastern Kentucky for an overweight bootlegger who goes by the name of Beanpole. Tucker falls in love and starts a family, and though the Tuckers are beset by hard luck and poverty, they maintain a fierce love of their home and each other. When the state threatens his to take away his children, Tucker is compelled to violence and the consequences of his actions begin to close in around him.
Set against the gorgeously rendered Appalachian landscape and animated with the details of mountain living in language that sings with a Southern accent, COUNTRY DARK tells the story of people living off the land and by their wits, and reintroduces the vital and absolutely distinct voice of Chris Offutt.