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The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Stories Since 1970 (Touchstone Books (Paperback))

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Fifty remarkable short stories from a range of contemporary fiction authors including Junot Diaz, Amy Tan, Jamaica Kincaid, Jhumpa Lahiri, and more, selected from a survey of more than five hundred English professors, short story writers, and novelists.

Contributors include Russell Banks, Donald Barthelme, Rick Bass, Richard Bausch, Charles Baxter, Amy Bloom, T.C. Boyle, Kevin Brockmeier, Robert Olen Butler, Sandra Cisneros, Peter Ho Davies, Janet Desaulniers, Junot Diaz, Anthony Doerr, Stuart Dybek, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Mary Gaitskill, Dagoberto Gilb, Ron Hansen, A.M. Homes, Mary Hood, Denis Johnson, Edward P. Jones, Thom Jones, Jamaica Kincaid, Jhumpa Lahiri, David Leavitt, Kelly Link, Reginald McKnight, David Means, Susan Minot , Rick Moody, Bharati Mukherjee, Antonya Nelson, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O’Brien, Daniel Orozco, Julie Orringer, ZZ Packer, Annie Proulx, Stacey Richter, George Saunders, Joan Silber, Leslie Marmon Silko, Susan Sontag, Amy Tan, Melanie Rae Thon, Alice Walker, and Steve Yarbrough.

Synopsis:

More than 200 English professors, award-winning short-story writers, novelists, and fiction workshop directors were surveyed and asked to select the best literature written since 1970. The short stories included in this anthology represent the best short fiction of the past three decades.

About the Author

Michael Martone has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University, and Syracuse University. He is currently teaching at the University of Alabama, where he has directed the MFA Program in Creative Writing. Double-wide: Collected Fiction is his eighth book of stories. Racing in Place, his third book of nonfiction, will be published in 2008. He has edited six other volumes of prose including the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction with Lex Williford. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Foreword Introduction by Rosellen Brown

Russell Banks - Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story

Donald Barthelme - The School

Rick Bass - The Hermit's Story

Richard Bausch - The Fireman's Wife

Charles Baxter - The Disappeared

Amy Bloom - Silver Water

T. C. Boyle - Caviar

Kevin Brockmeier - The Ceiling

Robert Olen Butler - Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot

Sandra Cisneros - Never Marry a Mexican

Peter Ho Davies - Relief

Janet Desaulniers - After Rosa Parks

Junot Diaz - Nilda

Anthony Doerr - The Caretaker

Stuart Dybek - We Didn't

Deborah Eisenberg - Twilight of the Superheroes

Richard Ford - Communist

Mary Gaitskill - Tiny, Smiling Daddy

Dagoberto Gilb - Winners on the Pass Line

Ron Hansen - Wickedness

A. M. Homes - A Real Doll

Mary Hood - How Far She Went

Denis Johnson - Car Crash While Hitchhiking

Edward P. Jones - Marie

Thom Jones - The Pugilist at Rest

Jamaica Kincaid - Girl

Jhumpa Lahiri - A Temporary Matter

David Leavitt - Territory

Kelly Link - Stone Animals

Reginald McKnight - The Kind of Light Th at Shines on Texas

David Means - The Secret Goldfish

Susan Minot - Lust

Rick Moody - Boys

Bharati Mukherjee - The Management of Grief

Antonya Nelson - Female Trouble

Joyce Carol Oates - The Translation

Tim O'Brien - The Things They Carried

Daniel Orozco - Orientation

Julie Orringer - Pilgrims

ZZ Packer - Brownies

E. Annie Proulx - The Half-Skinned Steer

Stacey Richter - The Cavemen in the Hedges

George Saunders - Sea Oak

Joan Silber - My Shape

Leslie Marmon Silko - Tony's Story

Susan Sontag - The Way We Live Now

Amy Tan - Two Kinds

Melanie Rae Thon - Xmas, Jamaica Plain

Alice Walker - Nineteen Fifty-five

Steve Yarbrough - The Rest of Her Life Permissions

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Cassandra Cleveland, January 7, 2013 (view all comments by Cassandra Cleveland)
I had to purchase this book for a Lit class and was not very enthused about it. Though I am an avid reader, I had never previously enjoyed short stories. After reading this book I have discovered how wonderful short stories are, and realized my distaste for them was solely based on the crap I had to read in high school.
There are numerous stories in this book that I love, but the one I cannot stop raving about is "Silver Water" by Amy Bloom. Told from the point of view of the sister whose witness to her sisters psychotic breaks and the institutions who treated her sister. It is beautiful and disturbing at the same time, and completely captures the world that patients and families become swallowed in.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416532279
Author:
Williford, Lex
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Martone, Michael
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
American fiction -- 20th century.
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Subject:
short stories; Anthology; anthology of short-stories; short stories for students; Amy Tan; Rick Bass; Amy Bloom; Edward P. Jones; Deborah Eisenberg; Alice Walker; Jhumpa Lahiri; Bharati Mukherjee; Dagoberto Gilb; Susan Minot; Rick Moody;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Touchstone Books
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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