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The Best American Short Stories 1999 (Best American Short Stories)

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Publisher Comments:

"What I look for most in a story," writes Amy Tan in her introduction to this year's volume of The Best American Short Stories, "what I crave, what I found in these twenty-one, is a distinctive voice that tells a story only that voice can tell." Tan found herself drawn to wonderfully original stories that satisfied her appetite for the magic and mystery she loved as a child, when she was addicted to fairy tales. In this vibrant collection, fantasy and truth coexist brilliantly in new works by writers such as Annie Proulx, Lorrie Moore, Nathan Englander, and Pam Houston. "The Sun, the Moon, the Stars," by Junot Diaz, features a young man trying to stave off heartbreak in a sacred cave in Santo Domingo. In "Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter," by Chitra Divakaruni, a mother moves from India to California to be closer to her son, only to sacrifice something crucial along the way. In Melissa Hardy's haunting story "The Uncharted Heart," a geologist unearths a shocking secret in the wilds of northern Ontario. "Maybe I'm still that kid who wants to see things I've never seen before," writes Tan. "I like being startled by images I never could have conjured up myself." With twenty-one tales, each a fabulously rich journey into a different world, The Best American Short Stories 1999 is sure to surprise and delight.

Synopsis:

In choosing this year's best American short stories, guest editor Amy Tan found herself drawn to fiction that satisfied her appetite for the magic and mystery she once loved as a child, when she was addicted to fairy tales. The result is a vibrant collection in which truth and fantasy coexist in new works by writers such as Rick Bass, Annie Proulx, Lorrie Moore, and Pam Houston, as well as in startlingly accomplished stories by new writers. The Best American Short Stories is the only volume that annually offers the finest works chosen by a distinguished best-selling author.

Synopsis:

In making her selections for this year's volume of The Best American Short Stories, Amy Tan was drawn to stories that satisfied her appetite for the magic and mystery she loved as a child. In this vibrant audio collection, fantasy and truth coexist brilliantly in works by veteran writers as well as by accomplished new voices. Each tale, read here by its author, offers a rich journey into a different world.

About the Author

Katrina Kenison has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 1990. She currently resides in Massachusetts.Amy Tan won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for her first novel, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, which was made into a successful film in 1993. Her other books include THE KITCHEN GOD'S WIFE and THE HUNDRED SECRET SENSES.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction by Amy Tan xiii

Rick Bass. The Hermit's Story 1

from The Paris Review

Junot Díaz. The Sun, the Moon, the Stars 15

from The New Yorker

Chitra Divakaruni. Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter 29

from The Atlantic Monthly

Stephen Dobyns. Kansas 48

from The Clackamas Literary Review

Nathan Englander. The Tumblers 55

from American Short Fiction

Tim Gautreaux. The Piano Tuner 78

from Harper's Magazine

Melissa Hardy. The Uncharted Heart 97

from The Ontario Review

George Harrar. The 5:22 120

from Story

A. Hemon. Islands 129

from Ploughshares

Pam Houston. The Best Girlfriend You Never Had 143

from Other Voices

Ha Jin. In the Kindergarten 164

from Five Points

Heidi Julavits. Marry the One Who Gets There First 173

from Esquire

Hester Kaplan. Live Life King-Sized 189

from Press

Sheila Kohler. Africans 216

from Story

Jhumpa Lahiri. Interpreter of Maladies 223

from Agni Review

Lorrie Moore. Real Estate 244

from The New Yorker

Alice Munro. Save the Reaper 273

from The New Yorker

Annie Proulx. The Bunchgrass Edge of the World 294

from The New Yorker

James Spencer. The Robbers of Karnataka 316

from The Gettysburg Review

Samrat Upadhyay. The Good Shopkeeper 335

from Manoa

Steve Yarbrough. The Rest of Her Life 351

from The Missouri Review

Contributors' Notes 377

100 Other Distinguished Stories of 1998 391

Editorial Addresses of American and Canadian Magazines Publishing Short Stories 395

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395926833
Editor:
Tan, Amy
Editor:
Kenison, Katrina
Author:
Houston, Pam
Author:
Tan, Amy
Author:
Dobyns, Stephen
Author:
Diaz, Junot
Author:
Kenison, Katrina
Author:
Bass, Rick
Author:
Kohler, Sheila
Author:
Harrar, George
Author:
Divakaruni, Chitra
Author:
Lahiri, Jhumpa
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
Canadian fiction
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Periodicals
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Short stories, canadian
Subject:
American - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American Short Stories (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
192
Publication Date:
19991029
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.75 in 1.35 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » General
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Prize Winning Literature

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"Synopsis" by ,
In choosing this year's best American short stories, guest editor Amy Tan found herself drawn to fiction that satisfied her appetite for the magic and mystery she once loved as a child, when she was addicted to fairy tales. The result is a vibrant collection in which truth and fantasy coexist in new works by writers such as Rick Bass, Annie Proulx, Lorrie Moore, and Pam Houston, as well as in startlingly accomplished stories by new writers. The Best American Short Stories is the only volume that annually offers the finest works chosen by a distinguished best-selling author.
"Synopsis" by ,
In making her selections for this year's volume of The Best American Short Stories, Amy Tan was drawn to stories that satisfied her appetite for the magic and mystery she loved as a child. In this vibrant audio collection, fantasy and truth coexist brilliantly in works by veteran writers as well as by accomplished new voices. Each tale, read here by its author, offers a rich journey into a different world.
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