First of the Month
Chris Holbrook is an award-winning young writer who grew up in Soft Shell in Knott County, but he has lived long enough to see and chronicle the changes that have come to Appalachia in his time—some good and some not. Many of his characters leave home to find better jobs and lives elsewhere, then return hopefully to a reality of unemployment and springs poisoned by runoff from strip mines. Sometimes the people who stay behind must compromise to survive, some living from one welfare check to the next.
The Kentucky Anthology: Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State, 549-556.