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Pushcart Prize XXXI: Best of the Small Presses (Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses)

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The most honored literary series in America begins its fourth decade.

With a brilliant collection of stories, essays, memoirs, and poems selected from hundreds of the best small presses, the annual Pushcart Prize sets the standard of excellence for literary anthologies. Each year it invites nominations from a wide array of little magazines and small presses and presents over sixty of the best; and each year its annual volume is hailed as a touchstone of literary discovery.

For its thirty-first anniversary celebration, the Pushcart Prize surpasses its own reputation with an astonishing diversity of writers—some renowned and many others destined for fame.

Review:

"A fictional stranger asks a woman to carry a package onto an airplane; a real '70s housewife sublimates her ambitions through the preparation of extravagant French cuisine; a poet writes of 'Hearing News from the Temple Mount in Salt Lake City': this year's gathering of small-press fiction, essays and poetry from venerable stocktaker Henderson is uneven, if sporadically edgy. Standouts center on identity and include Dina Ben-Lev's memory of anti-Semitic pig farmers in Quebec; Mary Karr's confession of her unlikely conversion to Catholicism; and Katherine Karlin's story about a lesbian oil worker trying to be one of the boys in a Delaware Valley refinery. Also noteworthy are Benjamin Percy's short story about smalltown boys who join the reserves and end up in Iraq — with their fathers; Karen E. Bender's tale about a routine TriBeCa sublet that goes awry after September 11; Jonathan Carroll's story about how a lawyer's obsession with scaffolding leads to a Kafkaesque metamorphosis; and Philip Levine's tribute to the late poet Thom Gunn, a narrative dominated by the attention-grabbing John Berryman. Some pieces are unsatisfying (such as David James Duncan's rant on fundamentalism), but this sampler whets the appetite for nonmainstream publications and perspectives." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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For its 31st anniversary celebration, the Pushcart Prize surpasses its own reputation with an astonishing diversity of writers--some renowned and many others destined for fame.

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Jack Conway, December 23, 2006 (view all comments by Jack Conway)
This Prize business is bullshit! Henderson asks for nominations by Dec. 1 and then publishes the entire volume in December? Please. Give it a rest. You have these people already chosen so quit the bullshit. You belong on Foetry.com not in bookstiores. A complete and utter waste of time and a sham.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781888889444
Author:
Henderson, Bill
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
With:
Pushcart Prize Editors
Editor:
Pushcart Prize Editors
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
2007 Paperback
Series:
Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
549
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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Product details 549 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9781888889444 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A fictional stranger asks a woman to carry a package onto an airplane; a real '70s housewife sublimates her ambitions through the preparation of extravagant French cuisine; a poet writes of 'Hearing News from the Temple Mount in Salt Lake City': this year's gathering of small-press fiction, essays and poetry from venerable stocktaker Henderson is uneven, if sporadically edgy. Standouts center on identity and include Dina Ben-Lev's memory of anti-Semitic pig farmers in Quebec; Mary Karr's confession of her unlikely conversion to Catholicism; and Katherine Karlin's story about a lesbian oil worker trying to be one of the boys in a Delaware Valley refinery. Also noteworthy are Benjamin Percy's short story about smalltown boys who join the reserves and end up in Iraq — with their fathers; Karen E. Bender's tale about a routine TriBeCa sublet that goes awry after September 11; Jonathan Carroll's story about how a lawyer's obsession with scaffolding leads to a Kafkaesque metamorphosis; and Philip Levine's tribute to the late poet Thom Gunn, a narrative dominated by the attention-grabbing John Berryman. Some pieces are unsatisfying (such as David James Duncan's rant on fundamentalism), but this sampler whets the appetite for nonmainstream publications and perspectives." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , For its 31st anniversary celebration, the Pushcart Prize surpasses its own reputation with an astonishing diversity of writers--some renowned and many others destined for fame.
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