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Publisher Comments:

Contemplating the appeal of the short story, Lorrie Moore writes in her introduction, "A story's very shortness ensures its largeness of accomplishment, its selfhood and purity. Having long lost its ability to pay an author's rent (in that golden blip between Henry James and television, F. Scott Fitzgerald, for one, wrote stories to fund his novels), the short story has been freed of its commercial life to become serious art, by virtually its every practitioner. As a result, short or long, a story lies less. It sings and informs and blurts. It has nothing to lose."

The twenty stories in this year's volume sing to and inform the reader with honesty, intelligence, and often humor. Charles D'Ambrosio's story, "Screenwriter," explores romance in a mental hospital. In "Limestone Diner," Trudy Lewis lays bare one family's strained history in central Missouri. Angela Pneuman's hilarious "All Saints Day" gives readers a child's-eye view of religious fundamentalism. And in John Edgar Wideman's profound story, "What We Cannot Speak About We Must Pass Over in Silence," friendship leads to a meditation on freedom and fairness. Lorrie Moore has selected twenty stories that rejoice in the absurdities of life, consider the hard truths, and arrive at potent moments of understanding. With The Best American Short Stories 2004 "Lorrie Moore has done writers and readers a great service," Katrina Kenison writes in her foreword, "for her own love of the form and keen sensibility have resulted in a volume that fairly hums with life."

Review:

"[A] gem among annual story anthologies....These stories challenge us to grasp the lives they figure and to reckon with their implications..." Booklist

Review:

"This year's anthology of 20 stories could almost be called The Best of The New Yorker....A familiar and ultimately disappointing selection. Short-story aficionados know by now to turn to the Pushcart anthologies for new voices." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

The year's top fiction is showcased in the renowned annual favorite anthology--handpicked by a beloved master of the form. Unabridged selected stories.

Synopsis:

The Best American Short Stories anthology offers up an annual bumper crop of the best short fiction. This year's stories come handpicked by a beloved master of the form, Lorrie Moore. Ranging from the outrageously funny to the surprisingly moving, here is a sampling of the year's best on audio.

Synopsis:

The year's top fiction is showcased in the renowned annual favorite anthology--handpicked by a beloved master of the form. Unabridged selected stories.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618300464
Editor:
Kenison, Katrina
Editor:
Moore, Lorrie
Editor:
Kenison, Katrina
Editor:
Moore, Lorrie
Editor:
Moore, Lorrie; Kenison, Katrina
Author:
Kenison, Katrina
Author:
Moore, Lorrie
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2004
Edition Description:
2004 Audio
Series:
Best American Short Stories
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
AUDIO CASSETTE
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
7.04x4.42x1.25 in. .37 lbs.

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Product details pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780618300464 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] gem among annual story anthologies....These stories challenge us to grasp the lives they figure and to reckon with their implications..."
"Review" by , "This year's anthology of 20 stories could almost be called The Best of The New Yorker....A familiar and ultimately disappointing selection. Short-story aficionados know by now to turn to the Pushcart anthologies for new voices."
"Synopsis" by , The year's top fiction is showcased in the renowned annual favorite anthology--handpicked by a beloved master of the form. Unabridged selected stories.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Best American Short Stories anthology offers up an annual bumper crop of the best short fiction. This year's stories come handpicked by a beloved master of the form, Lorrie Moore. Ranging from the outrageously funny to the surprisingly moving, here is a sampling of the year's best on audio.
"Synopsis" by , The year's top fiction is showcased in the renowned annual favorite anthology--handpicked by a beloved master of the form. Unabridged selected stories.
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