No Heroes by Chris Offutt
A Memoir of Coming Home
by Chris Offutt
Simon & Schuster, 2002 [First Edition], ISBN 0684865513, hardcover, dust-jacket
Near Fine Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, no inscriptions (see photographs)
"Wearing blue jeans meant I was a local. The gray in my hair meant I'd been away. Word of my impending return spread throughout the county. Some stories would have me moving in with my folks because one of them was very sick. Another had me purchasing my old grade school and converting it into an art colony. I was living in a houseboat on Cave Run lake. I had AIDS and came home to die. My wife left me and I was back to hunt another. One story said it wasn't Chris Offutt but his younger brother who was investing in the new mall. When the truth finally outed, everyone knew I had bought the old Jackson place, which meant I must be doing pretty well for myself because they were asking a pretty penny for it. On top of that, somebody else said I was teaching at the college, but no one believed the college would ever allow that.
In his fortieth year, Chris Offutt returns to teach at his alma mater, Morehead State University, the only four-year school in Kentucky hills. With the humblest of intentions, he expects to give back to his community, hoping to become, quietly, a hero of sorts. Yet present-day reality collides painfully with memory, leaving Offutt in the midst of an adventure he never imagined: searching for a home that no longer exists."