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Chris Offutt

Forfatter af Kentucky Straight: Stories

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Chris Offutt grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky and has held more than fifty part-time jobs. For his first three books he received numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Award. He currently lives in Iowa City, where he is a visiting vis mere professor at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Chris Offut, Offutt Chris, Chris Offutt


Værker af Chris Offutt

Kentucky Straight: Stories (1992) 225 eksemplarer
Country Dark (2018) 188 eksemplarer
Out of the Woods: Stories (1999) 187 eksemplarer
The Killing Hills (2021) 148 eksemplarer
The Good Brother (1997) 137 eksemplarer
The Same River Twice: A Memoir (1993) 137 eksemplarer
No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home (2002) 93 eksemplarer
Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics [2009] (2009) — Forfatter — 80 eksemplarer
Two-Eleven All Around (1998) 5 eksemplarer
Una questione di famiglia (2023) 2 eksemplarer
Second Hand (2022) 2 eksemplarer

Associated Works

McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (2002) — Bidragyder — 1,469 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1994) — Bidragyder — 477 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1994 (1994) — Bidragyder — 238 eksemplarer
Granta 54: Best of Young American Novelists (1996) — Bidragyder — 236 eksemplarer
Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Bidragyder — 189 eksemplarer
Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation (2017) — Bidragyder — 172 eksemplarer
The Best American Essays 2014 (2014) — Bidragyder — 164 eksemplarer
The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House (2009) — Bidragyder — 124 eksemplarer
Granta 110: Sex (2010) — Bidragyder — 124 eksemplarer
Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers! Writers on Comics (2004) — Bidragyder — 106 eksemplarer
The Best American Food Writing 2018 (2018) — Bidragyder — 87 eksemplarer
The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, Volume 3 (2006) — Bidragyder — 78 eksemplarer
Mississippi Noir (2016) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
New Stories from the South 2000: The Year's Best (2000) — Bidragyder — 53 eksemplarer
Bestial Noise: The Tin House Fiction Reader (2003) — Bidragyder — 50 eksemplarer
The Secret Society of Demolition Writers (2005) — Bidragyder — 48 eksemplarer
New Stories from the South 2004: The Year's Best (2004) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
New Stories from the South 2003: The Year's Best (2003) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
The Best of Montana's Short Fiction (2004) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Surreal South (2007) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer

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Another great book by this author. This is a good series with great characters, hope the author will continue it.
zmagic69 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Feb 25, 2024 |
After reading a full slate of Appalachian books chock full of dour, joyless characters, I found Chris Offutt's writing delightful. The characters weren't necessarily less dour or joyless than characters in other books, but Offutt seems to recall that, once in a while, we all need to laugh.
Unkletom | 10 andre anmeldelser | Dec 29, 2023 |
Code of the Hills by Chris Offutt
Mick Hardin #3

Stepping back into the Kentucky hill country with Mick, two years after he left, sees him drawn away from his retirement plans to once again deal with local crimes and solve murders. Great addition to the series!

What I liked:
* Mick Hardin: * retired Army CID officer, born and bred in the hills the story is set in, knows the culture, has an interesting moral compass, protective, puzzle solver, intelligent, lethal, someone I would want on my side, a bit of a loner, finds peace in the woods, a good man
* Linda Hardin: town sheriff, Mick’s sister, intelligent, professional, a bit of a loner, good leader, injured on the job in this book, wondering what her storyline will look like in the future
* Sandra: police dispatcher, divorced, seems to see Mick for who and what he is, might still be a potential love interest for Mick in the future
* Raymond: ex-marine, in relationship with JC, helps with JC’s taco truck business, an equal to Mick in many ways though more capable of maintaining a relationship
* Johnny Boy: deputy sheriff, map collector, talkative, wouldn’t mind being in a relationship, methodical, intelligent, has much to ponder
* How the community values and expectations play such a big part in the stories in this series
* The descriptions of the area and how they played a part in the story
* Police procedural aspects of the story, where they led, and how the various cases were tied up and dealt with by the end of the book
* Wondering what favors will be called in by Flowers and Shorty that Mick will one day need to repay
* Thinking about what will happen next in the series

What I didn’t like:
* Who and what I was meant not to like
* The idea of revenge and how family feuds never actually end if one person is always needing to have their death avenged

Did I enjoy this book? Yes
Would I read more in this series? Definitely

Thank you to NetGalley and Grove Press for the ARC – This is my honest review.

4-5 Stars
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CathyGeha | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jun 11, 2023 |
After reading Chris Offutt's first Mick Hardin book, The Killing Hills, I looked forward to this second book, Shifty's Boys. Offutt has a way with language, setting, and characterization that I find impossible to resist.

Offutt's keen photographer's eye gives readers descriptive "snapshot" phrases that put them right into the Kentucky hills along with Mick Hardin and the rest of the characters. Readers see the flash of cardinals' wings and hear the breeze through the leaves of the trees. In fact, you could say that the setting is just as much a character in Shifty's Boys as the two-legged ones. The dialogue, too, makes me feel right at home, and comments such as "Them Ryans are so stuck up they'd drown in a hard rain" make me smile and think of my grandparents.

There's a bit of a Jack Reacher feeling to this book, as there was in The Killing Hills, and the plot often takes a backseat to the setting and the characters, but with the story's steady pace, I didn't mind a bit.

I felt at home with the characters. After all, how can I turn my nose up at Mick who's let Roscoe the "house snake" live under his cabin's porch for ten years when I spent a summer sharing a poolside umbrella with a black widow spider? (Mick would probably think I was the strange one.) There are characters to love in Shifty's Boys. For example, Mick's sister, Linda, the sheriff who's up for reelection. She's known (and liked and respected) in the area for arresting her own brother. There's Jacky Turner, a genuine Mr. Fix-It with a penchant for inventing things "for the good of mankind." I also liked Albin the cab driver and was sorry to see him disappear once Mick's truck was repaired.

I even found a place that I wish I could visit: the "Coffee Tree, a bookstore that sold sandwiches and yarn." I figure my patronage alone would keep that place open. Chris Offutt's Mick Hardin books are centered around some of the real-life ugliness in a hard-hit part of Kentucky, but they're not just about the bad. Through reading his stories, readers also see the natural beauty of the landscape and the humor, heart, and resourcefulness of its people. Book three, here I come.
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cathyskye | 4 andre anmeldelser | May 20, 2023 |



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