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Hell and Ohio: Stories of Southern Appalachia by Chris Holbrook

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For those who haven't heard, the two nouns in the title of this collection of short stories have often been cited in humorous remarks as possible destinations for mountain people and not always viewed as very distinct. Chris Holbrook grew up in rural Knott County, Kentucky, deep in the coalfields. He is certainly one of the very most distinguished of our region's little-known authors. "This fiction is beautifully crafted, nuances, empathetic: the writing is faultless. "-- — Alyson Hagy. "Chris Holbrook gets the voices right, and the living vivid details of contemporary life in the mountains." -- — Robert Morgan. Holbrook now teaches English at Morehead State University.