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The Best American Short Stories 2010by Richard Russo
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Edited by the award-winning, best-selling author Richard Russo, this years collection boasts a satisfying “chorus of twenty stories that are by turns playful, ironic, somber, and meditative” (Wall Street Journal). With the masterful Russo picking the best of the best, Americas oldest and best-selling story anthology is sure to be of “enduring quality” (Chicago Tribune) this year.
"Russo (Empire Falls) and Pitlor (The Birthdays) deliver an exceptional group of carefully crafted stories focusing on family, loss, self-discovery, aging, love, and friendship. Danielle Evans's 'Someone Ought to Tell Her There's Nowhere to Go,' covers the war-torn life of Georgie, an army vet struggling to maintain his sanity after witnessing brutality and devastation in Iraq, while Wells Tower's 'Raw Water,' showcases this young writer's remarkable gift for description: 'She was sixteen or so, with a face like a left-handed sketch.' Some welcome usual suspects appear (Jennifer Egan, Charles Baxter, Jim Shepard) alongside notable newcomers Téa Obreht and Karen Russell, leaving ample room for lesser knowns like Maggie Shipstead ('The Cowboy Tango') to show what makes their writing unique: 'Where's your dad?' 'Wyoming.' 'What's he do?' 'Chickens.' Russo likens selecting 20 from the roughly 250 submitted stories to 'literary waterboarding' and evokes a metaphor from one of his favorite picks of the collection: stories are like jars of bees, and 'we choose the tales that sting us good, leaving us surprised and sore... wide awake and alive.'
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A collection of the year's best short stories, as published in American periodicals.
Edited by the award-winning, best-selling author Richard Russo, this years collection boasts a satisfying chorus of twenty stories that are by turns playful, ironic, somber, and meditative” (Wall Street Journal). With the masterful Russo picking the best of the best, Americas oldest and best-selling story anthology is sure to be of enduring quality” (Chicago Tribune) this year.
About the Author
RICHARD RUSSO is the author of seven novels, a collection of short stories, and numerous screenplays. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls in 2002.
HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been the series editor for The Best American Short Stories since 2007. She is the author of The Birthdays and a forthcoming novel titled The Daylight Marriage.
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