The Kentucky Stories

Joe Ashby Porter

In these eight stories, the state of Kentucky becomes a state of mind a semi mythical realm of the heart s fidelities and predilections, of violence, fear, and love It is a land where the commonplace takes on a new and marvelous glow as quixotic individuals explore the enduring puzzles of human existence. Joe Ashby Porter brings a distinctive freshness to universal themes In these eight stories, the state of Kentucky becomes a state of mind a semi mythical realm of the heart s fidelities and predilections, of violence, fear, and love It is a land where the commonplace takes on a new and marvelous glow as quixotic individuals explore the enduring puzzles of human existence.Joe Ashby Porter brings a distinctive freshness to universal themes the commerce of love and abandonment, the sometimes mysterious influence of a place on events, the relationship between pride, humility, and justice, and the rewards of allegiance and persistence His characters innocents all resolutely pursue their life s goals through picaresque tales that are continually unfolding from surprise to surprise From the urbane twins of In the Mind s Eye to the isolated mountain family of A Child of the Heart, Porter s protagonists share a stubborn optimism and trust and a readiness to see things through to their conclusion.In Porter s half lost and half remembered Kentucky, only fiction is true He beckons the reader with all the promised adventure and exhilaration that drew Daniel Boone to a similarly unexplored land two centuries ago