A river runs through it is a collection of three short stories written by the American writer Norman Maclean. The stories were published in 1976 by University of Chicago Press. A few years later, in 1989, an illustrated version was published by University of Chicago press but neither books were advertised. Despite this, the stories were extremely successful and in 1977 A river runs through it was recommended for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Unfortunately, the collection did not win.
The three short stories are considered as being autobiographical and linked with one another. The first story is entitled A river runs through it is set in Montana and it focus on the writers childhood and the relationship with his family, especially his brother Paul. The first story was adapted into a movie with the same name in 1992 and the film was even nominated for three Academy Awards and the French director Philippe Rousselot won the award for the Best Cinematography for his collaboration on the film.
The next story takes place a few years after the first one, when the author was a young man working as a logger. The story is also partially autobiographical and it is entitled "USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky" and it was adapted into a film as well by ABC in 1995. Norman Fitzroy Maclean continued to write and publish various short stories throughout his life while also teaching English literature.