[BOOKS] ✪ Upheaval By Chris Holbrook – Buyprobolan50.co.uk In 1995 Chris Holbrook burst onto the southern literary scene with Hell and Ohio Stories of Southern Appalachia stories that Robert Morgan described as elegies for land and lives disappearing under mu In Chris Holbrook burst onto the southern literary scene with Hell and Ohio Stories of Southern Appalachia stories that Robert Morgan described as elegies for land and lives disappearing under mudslides from strip mines and new trailer parks and highways Now with the publication of Upheaval Holbrook than answers the promise of that auspicious debut In eight interrelated stories set in Eastern Kentucky Holbrook again captures a region and its people as they struggle in the face of poverty isolation change and the devastation of land and resources at the hands of the coal and timber industries In the title story Haskell sees signs of disaster all around him from the dangers inherent in the strip mining machinery he and his coworkers operate to the accident waiting to happen when his son plays with a socket wrench Holbrook employs a native's ear for dialect and turns of phrase to reveal his characters' complex interior lives In The Timber Deal two brothers Russell a recovering addict recently released from prison and Dwight who hasn't worked since being injured in a coal truck accident try to convince their upwardly mobile sister Helen to agree to lease out timber rights to the family land Dwight is unable to communicate his feelings even as he seethes with rage Helen can't see past herself is what it is If John James had fractured his back in two places it'd be a different story If he'd broke his neck it'd be a different story told Written with a gritty unflinching realism reminiscent of the work of Larry Brown and Cormac McCarthy the stories in Upheaval prove that Holbrook is not only a faithful chronicler and champion of Appalachia's working poor but also one of the most gifted writers of his generation.
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