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The Best American Short Stories 2003

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Synopses & Reviews

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 outstanding works. That selection is pared down to 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.

Lending a fresh perspective to a perennial favorite, Walter Mosley has chosen unforgettable short stories by both renowned writers and exciting newcomers. The Best American Short Stories 2003 features poignant tales that explore the nuances of family life and love, birth and death. Here are stories that will, as Mosley writes in his introduction, "live with the reader long after the words have been translated into ideas and dreams. That's because a good short story crosses the borders of our nations and our prejudices and our beliefs."

  • Dorothy Allison
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • E. L. Doctorow
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Adam Haslett
  • ZZ Packer
  • Mona Simpson
  • Mary Yukari Waters
  • and more!

Review:

"Mosley has selected dazzling, unsettling new work by...brilliantly imaginative, compassionate, and artistic storytellers...whose stories touch on every phase of life." Booklist

Review:

"The latest BASS, while full of talent, is ultimately an echo of successes past....Not bad, but far from the best — and not even the best anthology to have appeared this year." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

No other annual story collection delivers the quality, excitement, and visibility of the renowned Best American Short Stories. It is the only volume selected by a new best-selling author each year, for a guarantee of fresh perspectives, diverse tastes, and intriguing discoveries. Recent editors have included such luminaries as Barbara Kingsolver, E. L. Doctorow, Annie Proulx, Amy Tan, and Garrison Keillor. This year's volume surprises with selections chosen by Walter Mosley from magazines that range from Esquire to Tin House, from The New Yorker to Callaloo, from Harper's to McSweeney's.

About the Author

Walter Mosley (guest editor) is the award-winning author of the story collection Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned and its sequel, Walkin? the Dog, as well as five Easy Rawlins mysteries. His novel RJ's Dream was a finalist for the NAACP Award in Fiction.

Katrina Kenison has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 1990. She currently resides in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword ix Introduction: Americans Dreaming, by Walter Mosley xiii

Mary Yukari Waters. Rationing 1 from Missouri Review

Susan Straight. Mines 16 from Zoetrope

Mona Simpson. Coins 28 from Harpers Magazine

Jess Row. Heaven Lake 38 from The Harvard Review

Emily Ishem Raboteau. Kavita Through Glass 51 from Tin House

Sharon Pomerantz. Ghost Knife 62 from Ploughshares

Marilene Phipps. Marie-Anges Ginen 80 from Callaloo

Dean Paschal. Moriya 91 from Ontario Review

ZZ Packer. Every Tongue Shall Confess 113 from Ploughshares

Nicole Krauss. Future Emergencies 128 from Esquire

Adam Haslett. Devotion 140 from The Yale Review

Ryan Harty. Why the Sky Turns Red When the Sun Goes Down 155 from Tin House

Louise Erdrich. Shamengwa 173 from The New Yorker

Anthony Doerr. The Shell Collector 189 from The Chicago Review

E. L. Doctorow. Baby Wilson 214 from The New Yorker

Edwidge Danticat. Night Talkers 233 from Callaloo

Rand Richards Cooper. Johnny Hamburger 253 from Esquire

Dan Chaon. The Bees 268 from McSweeneys

Kevin Brockmeier. Space 286 from The Georgia Review

Dorothy Allison. Compassion 297 from Tin House

Contributors Notes 327 100 Other Distinguished Stories of 2002 341 Editorial Addresses of American and Canadian Magazines Publishing Short Stories 345

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618197330
Guest Editor:
Mosley, Walter
Series Editor:
Kenison, Katrina
Editor:
Mosley, Walter
Editor:
Kenison, Katrina
Editor:
Mosley, Walter; Kenison, Katrina
Author:
Mosley, Walter
Author:
Kenison, Katrina
Author:
y
Author:
Walter Mosle
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Canadian fiction
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Short stories, canadian
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2003
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American Short Stories
Series Volume:
#PSAT04-02
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.34x5.54x.99 in. .95 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618197330 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Mosley has selected dazzling, unsettling new work by...brilliantly imaginative, compassionate, and artistic storytellers...whose stories touch on every phase of life."
"Review" by , "The latest BASS, while full of talent, is ultimately an echo of successes past....Not bad, but far from the best — and not even the best anthology to have appeared this year."
"Synopsis" by , No other annual story collection delivers the quality, excitement, and visibility of the renowned Best American Short Stories. It is the only volume selected by a new best-selling author each year, for a guarantee of fresh perspectives, diverse tastes, and intriguing discoveries. Recent editors have included such luminaries as Barbara Kingsolver, E. L. Doctorow, Annie Proulx, Amy Tan, and Garrison Keillor. This year's volume surprises with selections chosen by Walter Mosley from magazines that range from Esquire to Tin House, from The New Yorker to Callaloo, from Harper's to McSweeney's.
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