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Virgil, the good brother, must avenge the death of his hell-raising brother Boyd to fulfill the unwritten code of his Kentucky community, but he decides to escape to Montana, where he finds peace until his past catches up to him

From Library Journal

The first half of Offutt''s first novel is set in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky, where Virgil Caudill is balking at seeking revenge against the killer of his wayward brother Boyd. Hoping to break the cycle of violence, Virgil heads west and is catapulted with the reader into the very different landscape of Montana. Here Virgil changes his name and discovers a sense of loving community, but soon he finds himself amidst a militia group about to battle the U.S. government. Although the book is beautifully written, the scenes set in Montana are less compelling than those set in Kentucky, and Offutt tries in vain to bridge the two landscapes. Recommended where Offutt''s memoir, The Same River Twice (LJ 12/92), was popular.?Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Strong, grim, haunting portrait of a man inescapably marked by an act of violence, in a first novel by the author of the memoir The Same River Twice (1993). Virgil, a bright, restless, laconic young man, finds himself doubly burdened when his wild older brother Boyd is murdered. The hell-raising Boyd has been an essential part of Virgil''s life, and Virgil''s grief is pressing and deep. And, because life in his isolated corner of Kentucky has not been much altered by modern times, his family, his friends, and even the local sheriff expect Virgil to avenge Boyd''s death by killing the local rough suspected of the deed. Reluctantly, and with growing despair, Virgil plots to do so. Afterward, he flees west, and the bulk of the novel is taken up with his life in the backwoods of Montana. The skills evident in Offutt''s earlier writing, including his pitch-perfect rendition of the vivid, terse, often droll character of the spoken word, and his talent for vigorously, precisely describing rural blue-collar culture, its trailer courts and bars, struggling factories and backroad settlements, are once again on display. Virgil expects that Montana will offer him a chance to hide until he can puzzle out what to do. But the relatives of the man he murdered come searching for him, and, through yet another act of violence, he inadvertently falls in with modern militiamen who''ve declared war on the US government. Virgil, drawn to the strong, independent sister of one of the group''s members, finds that, no matter how he tries, violence has become an inescapable part of his life. The apocalyptic ending is bloody, sad, and convincing. As a portrait of a good man''s life shattered by violence, and as a meditation on the persistent attraction of violence in American society, Offutt''s first fiction is persuasive, original, and disturbing. The work of a sizable talent. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


The Good Brother is a fine first novel by a fierce writer. One can only hope that in his laudable determination to be more than regional, Offutt doesn''t leave the hills behind. -- The New York Times Book Review, Jo Ann Kiser

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