Please join us for a very special evening with author Chris Offutt, celebrating the launch of his new novel, COUNTRY DARK, his long-awaited return to fiction after nearly two decades,
COUINTRY DARK is a fierce noir-inflected novel 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.
"Chris Offutt is back, writing with his gritty but also poetic language about mid-century east Kentucky. In Country Dark, he takes what in lesser hands could be a mere stereotypical situation of hardscrabble Appalachian life, but instead goes much deeper to reveal the core of one man's humanity as he risks everything, including his life, to hold his family together. Offutt is a born storyteller. He draws us in from the first page and never lets us go." -Ron Rash, author of Above the Waterfall and Serena
Chris Offutt is the author of the short story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother, and three memoirs: The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer. He has written screenplays for Weeds, True Blood, and Treme, and has received awards from the Lannan, Whiting, and Guggenheim foundations, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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