Chris Offutt Analysis

Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

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.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

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.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

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.