RARA-AVIS: The Good Brother

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 26 Dec 2004

I just finished Chris Offutt's THE GOOD BROTHER. It wasn't bad. I liked the dialogue. According to the blurb on the back cover, THE GOOD BROTHER is his first novel, a transition from short stories. The novel's chapters sometimes had a short story feel to them, with some of them hitting hard and precise and others just filling in the chronology.

It's about a young Kentuckian pressured into avenging his brother's murder, and his subsequent escape to Montana. The first part of the book in Kentucky is the strongest. The Montana part is not bad but it lacks the cohesion that the earlier part has, and it seems to lose focus in a myriad of new themes.

According to the back cover, Offutt has received a lot of recognition. I cannot remember who on the list recommended him to me (sorry!) but I recall they said they thought his short stories better than his novel. I might try some of them in the future.



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