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Best of the South: The Best of the Second Decadeby Shannon Ravenel
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Since 1986, New Stories from the Southhas brought the best short fiction of the year to the attention of a national audience. The series has been called and#8220;the collection others should use as a modeland#8221; (the Charlotte Observer), and for twenty years it has held to that standard.
When Anne Tyler helped us celebrate the first ten years of the series in Best of the South, 1986and#8211;1995, the reviews were ecstatic. and#8220;A triumph of authentic voices and unforgettable characters,and#8221; said Southern Living. and#8220;An introduction to some of the best writers in the world today,and#8221; raved the Northwest Arkansas Times. Now that the anthology has reached its twentieth birthday, Anne Tyler has done it again. From the 186 stories found in the ten volumes from 1996 to 2005, she has picked her favorites and introduced them with warmth, insight, and her own brand of quiet literary authority.
Once again, her choices reflect her love of the kind of generous fiction she has called and#8220;spendthrift.and#8221;Here are twenty storiesand#8212;by both famous and first-time writers, from Lee Smith and Max Steele to Gregory Sanders and Stephanie Soileauand#8212;that hold nothing back.
Now that this anthology has reached its 20th birthday, Anne Tyler has done it again. From the 186 stories found in the ten volumes from 1996 to 2005, she has picked her favorites and introduces them with warmth, insight, and her own brand of quiet literary authority.
When Anne Tyler helped us celebrate the first ten yers of New Stories from the South, 1986-1995, the reviews were ecstatic. "The twenty tales here epitomize the qualities readers treasure in the best southern literature: a rich appreciation of language and humor, as well as a dead-on sense of place and character," said People. "A triumph of authentic voices and unforgettable characters," said Southern Living. "Classics of the Southern short story form....Any one of them deserves a review of its own," raved the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Now that the anthology has reached its twentieth birthday, Anne Tyler has done it again. She has picked her twenty favorites from the ten volumes published between 1996 and 2005 and has introduced them with warmth, insight, and her own brand of quiet literary authority.
About the Author
Anne Tyler is the author of sixteen novels, including Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, and her most recent, The Amateur Marriage. Her short stories have been published in the New Yorker and other magazines. Tylers new childrens book, Timothy Tugbottom Says No! illustrated by Mitra Modarressi, will be published in September 2005. She lives in Baltimore,Maryland.
Shannon Ravenel has edited New Stories from the South since 1986. Formerly editorial director of Algonquin Books, she now directs her Algonquin imprint, Shannon Ravenel Books. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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