A teenager from Kentucky who reminds Vance of himself as a fifteen-year-old. Like Bev, Brian’s mother is addicted to drugs. Furthermore, he has a complicated relationship with his father. Not long after Vance took Brian out to a fast-food restaurant, his mother died. Vance uses Brian’s story as a way of considering what will happen to Appalachia’s young people who seem to have no opportunities available to them.
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