One of the most sensitive, nuanced examinations of father and son relationships.
The Boston Globe
A generous reminiscence . . . ruminative and melancholy . . . Offutt somehow manages to summon compassion for his father. That, ultimately, is what makes this memoir so unexpectedly moving.”
The New York Times
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Offutt’s bold refusal to submit to nostalgic sentimentality, even as he admits defeat and forsakes his search for “home,” and his skill as prose stylist set this book apart from the many homecoming memoirs.
”The Good Brother” is a fine first novel by a fierce writer.
New York Times
“The story of Mr. Offutt’s journey is so rich and fantastic and desperately honest that it could stand alone. But twined with the slower, lovely wanderings of a man confronting wild nature in the womb of his wife, The Same River Twice is as moving as the current he must cross and recross to find his way.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Wariness is the main quality Offutt’s characters present to their fellow men — that and a devotion to solitude. Yet when Offutt’s characters carry their sense of solitude off to the busier, more populous parts of the American landscape, they can experience a chilling sense of alienation … For his Kentucky exiles, acting out can become a form of nostalgia.”
“Mr. Offutt learned to tell stories, which is what he does these days, exquisitely.”
The novel is an undeniable testament to the importance and clarity of Offutt’s voice in contemporary American literature.