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ISBN 978-0-8101-5075-1

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ISBN 978-0-8101-5090-4
Publication Date
June 1999
Page Count
255 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2


Johnny Payne

Set in a decidedly postmodern subdivision in Appalachia, Kentuckiana focuses on the lives of the Miles family, an imaginary clan invented by a real-estate developer who is authoring a report on the neighborhoods he has created.

The travails of the deeply troubled but endearing Miles family—Jean and Constance and their children, Judy, Stephen, Elaine, Talia and Lynnette—are played out against the backdrop of early-1970s suburban Lexington, KY in this darkly funny, moving second novel from the author of Chalk Lake. Both generations recount their brushes with divorce, addiction and domestic violence through a series of chapter-long monologues.
About the Author

Johnny Payne is dramatist, novelist, scholar, and has been a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus. He has been head of a Northwestern University creative writing program in Cusco, Peru. Payne has just accepted the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts position at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
"Deeply literate, darkly funny."
--Publishers Weekly
"Kentuckiana is a grand lowlife epic, a touching, sometimes hilarious and oddly delicious wallow."
--San Diego Union-Tribune
"This fanciful, sometimes hilarious portrait of working-class life in Kentucky is witty, ironic, and completely engaging. Kentuckiana deserves to be read." --Review of Contemporary Fiction