Chris Offutt Analysis

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Less than a year after the publication of his first collection of short stories, Chris Offutt published The Same River Twice: A Memoir (1993). His first novel, The Good Brother, was published in 1997.


Chris Offutt was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Fiction Writers. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. His work has been anthologized in The Picador Book of American Short Stories and in The Best American Short Stories 1994.


Balee, Susan. Review of Out of the Woods, by Chris Offutt. Hudson Review (Spring, 1999): 170.

Beattie, L. Elisabeth, ed. “Chris Offutt.” In Conversations with Kentucky Writers. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1996. Extensive biographical information that reveals volumes about the sources of Offutt’s stories.

Halpern, Sue. “A Zip Code with a Creek.” Review of The Same River Twice and Kentucky Straight, by Chris Offutt. The New York Times Book Review 142 (January 31, 1993): 10. Halpern describes Offutt as an exquisite storyteller. She discusses his ear for dialect and his connection to Appalachia.

Palmer, Louis H., III. “Chris Offutt Comes Home.” Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review 26, no. 1 (Fall, 1998): 22-31.

Rooke, Leon. “His Old Kentucky Home.” Review of Out of the Woods, by Chris Offutt. The New York Times Book Review 104, no. 10 (March 7, 1999): 16. Rooke addresses Offutt’s characterization and use of language, summarizing that Out of the Woods is a “magical book,” with not one weak story.