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Best American Short Stories of the Century #02: The Best American Short Stories of the Century
Synopses & Reviews
For eighty-four years, the annual volumes of The Best American Short Stories have launched literary careers and showcased the most compelling stories of each year. Editor John Updike has chosen selections from these volumes that have endured the test of time, and the result is a "spectacular tapestry of fictional achievement" (Entertainment Weekly). This audio edition of The Best American Short Stories of the Century features a wide variety of beloved readers and dazzling stories that will take listeners on a trip through "America and the 20th century — at its best" (Wall Street Journal). Contents: Wild Plums by Grace Stone Coates, read by Ashley Warlick. Here We Are by Dorothy Parker, read by Meg Wolitzer. Christmas Gift by Robert Penn Warren, read by Christopher Tilghman. The Hitch-Hikers by Eudora Welty, read by Jill McCorkle. The Second Tree from the Corner by E. B. White, read by Donald Hall. The German Refugee by Bernard Malamud, read by Alan Cheuse. A City of Churches by Donald Barthelme, read by Rick Moody. Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver, read by Charles Baxter. You're Ugly, Too by Lorrie Moore, read by Lorrie Moore. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, read by Tim O'Brien. Proper Library by Carolyn Ferrell, read by Carolyn Ferrell.
Updike introduces and reads some of these stories, which he selected for their liveliness, believability and importance. The selections are by writers such as Sherwood Anderson, Katherine Anne Porter, Joyce Carol Oates, James Alan McPherson, and Raymond Carver.
About the Author
TIM O'BRIEN received the 1979 National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. Among his other books are In the Lake of the Woods, Tomcat in Love, If I Die in a Combat Zone, and July, July.
Table of Contents
Wild plums / by Grace Stone Coates (read by Ashley Warlick) — Here we are / by Dorothy Parker (read by Meg Wolitzer) — Christmas gift / by Robert Penn Warren (read by Christopher Tilghman) — The hitch-hikers / by Eudora Welty (read by Jill McCorkle) — The second tree from the corner / by E.B. White (read by Donald Hall) — Gesturing / by John Updike (read by John Updike) — A city of churches / by Donald Barthelme (read by Rick Moody) — The things they carried / by Tim O'Brien (read by Tim O'Brien) — Where I'm calling from / by Raymond Carver (read by Charles Baxter) — You're ugly, too / by Lorrie Moore (read by Lorrie Moore) — Proper library / by Carolyn Ferrell (read by Carolyn Ferrell)
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