My Father, the Pornographer

My Father, the Pornographer

A Memoir

Book - 2016 | First Atria Books hardcover edition
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"After inheriting 400 novels of pornography written by his father in the 1970s and '80s, critically acclaimed author Chris Offutt sets out to make sense of a complicated father-son relationship in this carefully observed, beautifully written memoir,"--NoveList.
Andrew Offutt's writing career began as a strategy to pay for his son's orthodontic needs and peaked during the 1970s when the commercial popularity of the erotic novel reached its height. After his death, his son inherited 400 novels of pornography written by his father. As Chris began to examine his father's manuscripts and memorabilia, he realized he finally had an opportunity to gain insight into the difficult, mercurial, sometimes cruel man he'd loved and feared in equal measure, and set out to make sense of a complicated father-son relationship.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2016
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781501112461
1501112465
Branch Call Number: 813.54 OFFUTT
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 24 cm

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dirtbag1
Mar 14, 2017

A pleasant surprise. The title is misleading as it has little to do with pornography but instead a son examines the life work of a writer, his father. These are true characters. The Offutts' Andrew, the father and Chris the son. At times the story is dark, shockingly so. If anyone wants to think about writing for a living you should read this book. It is well written and fascinating in its content. I'll definitely be reading more of Chris Offutt's work.

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HPL06105
Dec 14, 2016

A dark and interesting book.

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JackPurcell
Oct 16, 2016

Oh, poor me. I had a childhood and imperfect parents.

Cynthia_N Aug 08, 2016

I was disappointed with this book. The author was writing about his father but didn't really know his father so it all seemed like surface information.

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 28, 2016

Dark, dark book that not for kids. Author's father got into erotica by accident from the "I could write better than that!" under at least ten pseudonyms. Unhealthy sexual fetishes in his father's work. Blown away Andrew Offutt was a narcissistic domestic emotionally abusive tyrant that alienated almost everybody he met. Valkyria Andrew's last secret book read like it was written by some depraved criminal in maximum-security prison. Ugh.

LPL_DirectorBrad Jul 07, 2016

Completely absorbing memoir of a son and his father. Quick synopsis: a father dies and leaves his massive archive of erotic novels for his son to sort through. This book is a smart, honest look at the things in our lives that drive our compulsions and who we are and why. Do not let the the word 'pornographer' scare you away from this book--or lead you to it in hope for glimpses of content of a prurient nature. This book is a damn well written one on the life of a family in the backwoods of Kentucky in a wild and curious moment in American culture. Highly recommended!

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Tippyobrien
Mar 17, 2016

Amazing writer telling a heart wrenching story. A fascinating story that is remarkable.

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