Avid Bookshop presents author Chris Offutt for his latest book, Country Dark. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 24, from 6-7pm at our Prince Ave. location. This event is open to the public and free, though we encourage you to purchase a book from Avid and get it signed by the author!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Tucker, a young veteran, returns from war to work for a bootlegger. He falls in love and starts a family, and while the Tuckers don't have much, they have the love of their home and each other. But when his family is threatened, Tucker is pushed into violence, which changes everything. The story of people living off the land and by their wits in a backwoods Kentucky world of shine-runners and laborers whose social codes are every bit as nuanced as the British aristocracy. Country Dark is a novel that blends the best of Larry Brown and James M. Cain, with a noose tightening evermore around a man who just wants to protect those he loves. It reintroduces the vital and absolutely distinct voice of Chris Offutt, a voice we've been missing for years.
Avid's Rachel Watkins says of Country Dark:
"Country Dark is the story of Tucker and what happens to his life after he returns home from the Korean War to rural Kentucky. Wretchedly poor with limited resources, Tucker and his family suffer the consequences of a few poor decisions over the course of three decades. This novel marries a love story, backwoods crime gangs, and children born broken with the everyday struggles of those born into poverty."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, among many other places. He has written screenplays for Weeds, True Blood, and Treme, and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations.