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The Best American Short Stories 2001

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Publisher Comments:

Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred and twenty outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

A wonderfully diverse collection, this year's BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES from Hollywood to Hong Kong, from the Jersey shore to Wales, considering the biggest issues: love, war, health, success. Edited by the critically acclaimed, best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2001 includes selections by Rick Bass, Ha Jin, Alice Munro, John Updike, and others. Highlighting exciting new voices as well as established masters of the form, this year's collection is a testament to the good health of contemporary short fiction in this country.

Synopsis:

This years Best American Short Stories is edited by the critically acclaimed and best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, whose latest book is Prodigal Summer. Kingsolvers selections for The Best American Short Stories 2001 showcase a wide variety of new voices and masters, such as Alice Munro, Rick Moody, Dorothy West, and John Updike. “Reading these stories was both a distraction from and an anchor to the complexities of my life — my pleasure, my companionship, my salvation. I hope they will be yours.” — Barbara Kingsolver

About the Author

Katrina Kenison has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 1990. She currently resides in Massachusetts.Barbara Kingsolver who was a former science journalist has emerged as one of the leading voices in contemporary American fiction. Her novels include The Bean Trees, Animal Dreams (winner of the Edward Abbey Ecofiction Award), Pigs in Heaven (winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction), The Poisonwood Bible (a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize and an Oprah's Book Club selection), and Prodigal Summer. Kingsolver lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and two daughters.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword ix Introduction by Barbara Kingsolver xiii

andrea barrett Servants of the Map 1 from Salmagundi

rick bass The Fireman 44 from The Kenyon Review

peter ho davies Think of England 62 from Ploughshares

claire davis Labors of the Heart 78 from Ploughshares

elizabeth graver The Mourning Door 95 from Ploughshares

ha jin After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town 105 from TriQuarterly

andrea lee Brothers and Sisters Around the World 138 from The New Yorker

rick moody Boys 146 from Elle

barbara klein moss Rug Weaver 152 from The Georgia Review

alice munro Post and Beam 176 from The New Yorker

peter orner The Raft 201 from The Atlantic Monthly

roy parvin Betty Hutton 205 from Five Points

nancy reisman Illumination 241 from Tin House

jess row The Secrets of Bats 256 from Ploughshares

annette sanford Nobody Listens When I Talk 271 from Descant

katherine shonk My Mothers Garden 275 from Tin House

marisa silver What I Saw from Where I Stood 296 from The New Yorker

trevanian The Apple Tree 311 from The Antioch Review

john updike Personal Archeology 326 from The New Yorker

dorothy west My Baby ...334 from Connecticut Review

Contributors Notes 345

100 Other Distinguished Stories of 2000 359

Editorial Addresses of American and Canadian Magazines Publishing Short Stories 363

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395926895
Editor:
Kenison, Katrina
Author:
Kenison, Katrina
Author:
Kingsolver, Barbara
Author:
Kenison,
Author:
Katrina
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Subject:
American - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Best American Short Stories (Hardcover)
Publication Date:
October 2001
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 1.34 lb

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This years Best American Short Stories is edited by the critically acclaimed and best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, whose latest book is Prodigal Summer. Kingsolvers selections for The Best American Short Stories 2001 showcase a wide variety of new voices and masters, such as Alice Munro, Rick Moody, Dorothy West, and John Updike. “Reading these stories was both a distraction from and an anchor to the complexities of my life — my pleasure, my companionship, my salvation. I hope they will be yours.” — Barbara Kingsolver
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