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You've Got to Read This: Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories That Held Them in Awe

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Publisher Comments:

An exciting new anthology of short fiction chosen by thirty-five of this country's most distinguished and popular fiction writers, You've Got to Read This offers readers an unusually intimate glimpse into how accomplished writers experience literature. Here are stories that inspired today's leading novelists and short-story writers to embark on their own writing careers, stories that took their breath away and changed them, or the way they responded to literature, forever.

Oscar Hijuelos confesses his debt to the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, whose brilliant story "The Aleph" inspired him to become a writer himself. Mary Gordon stands in awe of what James Joyce wrought in "The Dead," and wonders how writers who come after him can equal it. Robert Coover writes movingly of Angela Carter and her mysterious story "Reflections," while Kenneth A. McClane says that "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin literally saved his life.

Some of the stories presented here are classics, like Anton Chekhov's "Gooseberries," introduced by Eudora Welty, or Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," selected by Sue Miller. Some are less well known, like Lars Gustafsson's "Greatness Strikes Where It Pleases," introduced by Charles Baxter, or John Updike's "Packed Dirt, Churchgoing, a Dying Cat, a Traded Car," whose beauty stunned Lorrie Moore. All were critically important to some of our finest contemporary writers — among them Annie Dillard, John Irving, Amy Tan, Louise Erdrich, Russell Banks, Jane Smiley, Bobbie Ann Mason, Tobias Wolff — and their comments about the selections offer fascinating entrances into the stories.

For lovers of fiction, You've Got to Read This is a treasure trove, a dazzling collection of stories passionately and imaginatively chosen.

Review:

"A generous variety distinguishes these stories, which, refreshingly, are not lumped together according to the race, sexual preference, or gender of their authors, but simply by the love that individual readers have for them." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A]n anthology of terrific tales introduced by essays that open windows onto the creative process of 35 top fiction writers.... This is almost a two-for-one deal for story-lovers: a glimpse into the reading minds of one set of popular and talented authors, together with a selection of outstanding stories by their mentors and peers." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Synopsis:

Thirty-four of America's most distinguished fiction writers — including Oscar Hijuelos, John Irving, and Joyce Carol Oates — introduce the short stories that inspired them most.

Synopsis:

Thirty-four of America's most distinguished fiction writers--including Oscar Hijuelos, John Irving, and Joyce Carol Oates--introduce the short stories that inspired them most.

About the Author

Ron Hansen is the bestselling author of the novel Atticus (a finalist for the National Book Award), Hitler's Niece, Mariette in Ecstasy, Desperadoes, and Isn't It Romantic?, as well as a collection of short stories, a collection of essays, and a book for children. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Ron Hansen lives in northern California, where he teaches at Santa Clara University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060982027
Subtitle:
Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories that Held Them in Awe
Author:
Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard
Editor:
Hansen, Ron
Editor:
Shepard, Jim
Author:
Hansen, Ron
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Short story
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Collections and anthologies
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
map I-2150-B
Publication Date:
19940917
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
9.23x6.11x1.69 in. 1.71 lbs.

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Product details 640 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060982027 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A generous variety distinguishes these stories, which, refreshingly, are not lumped together according to the race, sexual preference, or gender of their authors, but simply by the love that individual readers have for them."
"Review" by , "[A]n anthology of terrific tales introduced by essays that open windows onto the creative process of 35 top fiction writers.... This is almost a two-for-one deal for story-lovers: a glimpse into the reading minds of one set of popular and talented authors, together with a selection of outstanding stories by their mentors and peers."
"Synopsis" by , Thirty-four of America's most distinguished fiction writers — including Oscar Hijuelos, John Irving, and Joyce Carol Oates — introduce the short stories that inspired them most.
"Synopsis" by , Thirty-four of America's most distinguished fiction writers--including Oscar Hijuelos, John Irving, and Joyce Carol Oates--introduce the short stories that inspired them most.
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