Books by Chris Offutt

COUNTRY DARK by Chris Offutt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"A compelling and brooding read."
The title hints at the tone, for this is indeed a Southern gothic story, set in Kentucky and focused on a man who would do anything to keep his family together. Read full book review >
MY FATHER, THE PORNOGRAPHER by Chris Offutt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Though his relationship with his father was distant, melancholic, and precarious, Offutt quite movingly weaves his personal history into a fascinating tapestry of a compulsive writer with a knack for the naughty."
A fond memoir of life with a prolific writer of science fiction and pornography. Read full book review >
NO HEROES by Chris Offutt
NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 2002

"Well-meant but the components refuse to interlock."
An interesting but predictable autobiographical essay on homecoming and heroism. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE WOODS by Chris Offutt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 1999

"There's little good news in these nine tales, but there is in compensation ferocious portrait of an otherwise almost invisible culture, rendered in a salty, spare, memorable prose."
68482556.299 Offutt, Chris OUT OF THE WOODS Violence, dislocation, the contradictory yearning for sustaining roots and for the rootless freedom of the road, as well as the difficult negotiations between men and women—all figure in this strong and startling collection. Read full book review >
THE GOOD BROTHER by Chris Offutt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"The work of a sizable talent. (Author tour)"
Strong, grim, haunting portrait of a man inescapably marked by an act of violence, in a first novel by the author of the memoir The Same River Twice (1993). Read full book review >
THE SAME RIVER TWICE by Chris Offutt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"Even so, a dip into this stream of self-consciousness is an entertaining pastime."
Offutt follows up his collection of agrarian short stories (Kentucky Straight, 1992—not reviewed) with a picaresque tale of a decade on the road. Read full book review >