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The Best American Short Stories 2007

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In his introduction to this volume, Stephen King writes, "Talent does more than come out; it bursts out, again and again, doing exuberant cartwheels while the band plays 'Stars and Stripes Forever'....Talent can't help itself; it roars along in fair weather or foul, not sparing the fireworks. It gets emotional. It struts its stuff. In fact, that's its job."

Wonderfully eclectic, The Best American Short Stories 2007 collects stories by writers of undeniable talent, both newcomers and favorites. These stories examine the turning points in life when we, as children or parents, lovers or friends or colleagues, must break certain rules in order to remain true to ourselves. In T. C. Boyle's heartbreaking "Balto," a thirteen-year-old girl provides devastating courtroom testimony in her father's trial. Aryn Kyle's charming story "Allegiance" shows a young girl caught between her despairing British mother and motherly American father. In "The Bris," Eileen Pollack brilliantly writes of a son struggling to fulfill his filial obligations, even when they require a breach of morality and religion. Kate Walbert's stunning "Do Something" portrays one mother's impassioned and revolutionary refusal to accept her son's death. And in Richard Russo's graceful "Horseman," an English professor comes to understand that plagiarism reveals more about a student than original work can.

New series editor Heidi Pitlor writes, "[Stephen King's] dedication, unflagging hard work, and enthusiasm for excellent writing shone through on nearly a daily basis this past year....We agreed, disagreed, and in the end very much concurred on the merit of the twenty stories chosen." The result is a vibrant assortment of stories and voices brimming with attitude, deep wisdom, and rare compassion.

Review:

"This magnificent array should reawaken interest in the American short story." Library Journal

Review:

"[N]oteworthy are Richard Russo's 'Horseman,' an intriguing campus story that's asubtle illustration of the saying that good teachers teach themselves, and Joseph Epstein's 'My Brother Eli,' a juicy if superficial portrait of the artist (a thinly disguised Saul Bellow) as a bastard." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Flavor-filled, literate, and textually complex...a heady treat for lovers of short fiction." Booklist

Review:

"If you buy one book this year, [you will] ensure a little bang for your buck with this journey through the vibrant worlds of twenty authors." San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"A short-fiction juggernaut." Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

Edited by the award-winning, best-selling author Geraldine Brooks, this years collection will be another "sure bet for gripping, emotional challenging reading" (San Diego Union-Tribune). With Brooks picking the best of the best, Americas oldest and best-selling story anthology is sure to satisfy this year.

About the Author

Stephen King has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story "The Man in the Black Suit."

Heidi Pitlor is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin. Her fiction has been published in Ploughshares, and she is the author of the novel The Birthdays. She lives with her husband and twin son and daughter outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix Introduction by Stephen King xiii

Louis Auchincloss. Pas Darling 1 from The Yale Review

John Barth. Toga Party 14 from Fiction

Ann Beattie. Solid Wood 41 from Boulevard

T. C. Boyle. Balto 55 from The Paris Review

Randy Devita. Riding the Doghouse 75 from West Branch

Joseph Epstein. My Brother Eli 85 from The Hudson Review

William Gay. Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You? 113 from Tin House

Mary Gordon. Eleanors Music 127 from Ploughshares

Lauren Groff. L. DeBard and Aliette: A Love Story 143 from The Atlantic Monthly

Beverly Jensen. Wake 166 from New England Review

Roy Kesey. Wait 194 from The Kenyon Review

Stellar Kim. Findings & Impressions 208 from The Iowa Review

Aryn Kyle. Allegiance 228 from Ploughshares

Bruce McAllister. The Boy in Zaquitos 248 from Fantasy and Science Fiction

Alice Munro. Dimension 268 from The New Yorker

Eileen Pollack. The Bris 293 from Subtropics

Karen Russell. St. Lucys Home for Girls Raised by Wolves 325 from Granta

Richard Russo. Horseman 341 from The Atlantic Monthly

Jim Shepard. Sans Farine 365 from Harpers Magazine

Kate Walbert. Do Something 388 from Ploughshares

Contributors Notes 399 100 Other Distinguished Stories of 2006 412 Editorial Addresses of American and Canadian Magazines Publishing Short Stories 416

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618713479
Author:
Stephen King and Heidi Pitlor
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Selected by:
King, Stephen
Selected by:
Pitlor, Heidi
Selected:
Pitlor, Heidi
Selected:
King, Stephen
Introduction by:
King, Stephen
Introduction:
King, Stephen
Editor:
Pitlor, Heidi; King, Stephen
Editor:
King, Stephen
Editor:
Pitlor, Heidi
Author:
Brooks, Geraldine
Author:
King, Stephen
Author:
Pitlor, Heidi
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Short stories, canadian
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American R
Publication Date:
20071010
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 9.99 lb

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Product details 448 pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780618713479 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This magnificent array should reawaken interest in the American short story."
"Review" by , "[N]oteworthy are Richard Russo's 'Horseman,' an intriguing campus story that's asubtle illustration of the saying that good teachers teach themselves, and Joseph Epstein's 'My Brother Eli,' a juicy if superficial portrait of the artist (a thinly disguised Saul Bellow) as a bastard."
"Review" by , "Flavor-filled, literate, and textually complex...a heady treat for lovers of short fiction."
"Review" by , "If you buy one book this year, [you will] ensure a little bang for your buck with this journey through the vibrant worlds of twenty authors."
"Review" by , "A short-fiction juggernaut."
"Synopsis" by ,
Edited by the award-winning, best-selling author Geraldine Brooks, this years collection will be another "sure bet for gripping, emotional challenging reading" (San Diego Union-Tribune). With Brooks picking the best of the best, Americas oldest and best-selling story anthology is sure to satisfy this year.
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