Out Of The Woods by Chris Offutt

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The eight new stories in "Out of the Woods" mark Offutt's return to the form in which he first displayed his astonishing talent. In "Tough People, " luck wins out over love in an unconventional prizefight. In "Barred Owl, " when a bird strays too far from home and fatally loses its way, the Kentuckian who covets its pelt meets an identical fate. In "Target Practice, " a man can't earn his father's respect until he shoots him with a rifle. These are stories of gravediggers and drifters, gamblers and truck drivers a long way from home, tales so full of hard edges that they can't help but tell some hard truths.

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At the age of nineteen, Chris Offutt left his Appalachian Mountain community of two hundred, and during the next decade he held more than fifty part-time jobs in various parts of the country. His first three books -- Kentucky Straight, The Same River Twice, and The Good Brother -- won him numerous awards and honors. Like many of the characters in Out of the Woods, Offutt has returned to his home state of Kentucky, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
Published January 26, 1999 by Simon & Schuster. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the astringent “Tough People,” a couple on the road, scrambling desperately for a stake, and well aware that most things in life “will out you or burn you,” sign up for “Tough Man” and “Tough Woman” fights to raise money;

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A Kentucky trucker washes up in an Oregon flood in ""High Water Everywhere,"" then decides to go back to the hills after encountering a deputy sheriff who has resisted the impulse to leave his native turf because he knows everybody's intimate lives, and ""the knowing keeps me here."" ""Two-Eleven...

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