From: Hugh Lessig (
Date: 08 Aug 2002

A strong second, or third, for Chris Offutt. I have only one short story collection: KENTUCKY STRAIGHT. This thread prompted me to relocate it on my book shelf. It's right next to a collection of Raymond Carver. Both brilliant. Was it James Crumley who said he was influenced by Carver? Or am I misremembering?

Hugh Lessig

> Miker: I have read THE GOOD BROTHER, but only after reading the short story
> collection OUT OF THE WOODS, which I liked a bit better and does have a few
> hardboiled moments. Like you, I'm normally prefer novels to short stories.
> In the case of Offutt, I think his short stories pack more of a punch. The
> same is true for me w/ Larry Brown.

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