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Hell and Ohio cover March's Book
Hell and Ohio: Stories of Southern Appalachia
by Chris Holbrook

Chris Holbrook is a member of the new generation of Appalachian writers. Like Silas House, he writes in lucid, unadorned prose of the complexities of contemporary life in the Eastern Kentucky mountains where he was born and still lives. In Hell and Ohio, his 1995 collection of short stories, his characters struggle with personal heartbreak, unemployment, the temptations of alcohol, and abuses of the land in the name of individual or economic progress. But they also hold fiercely to family, faith, community, and the hills themselves—a region much abused but still of great beauty that exerts a powerful hold on those who have called it home ... and continues to produce and inspire fine writers.


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Stories in this collection

Card catalog entry from the Library of Congress

Blurbs from the book jacket

Publisher: Gnomon Press, P.O. Box 475, Frankfort, KY 40602-0475

Amazon.com information page

Barnes and Noble information page



Chris Holbrook
1961-

A University of Kentucky graduate, Chris Holbrook also has a master’s of fine arts in fiction from the University of Iowa.

Video interview with bookclub host Bill Goodman, taped 4/3/03 [requires RealPlayer®].

Gurney Norman and James Baker Hall were among Holbrook’s teachers at UK. See KET’s Living by Words for much more about the writing tradition at the University of Kentucky.


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