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Critically acclaimed novelist and short story writer Richard Bausch continues the tradition of identifying the best young writers on the cusp of their careers in this year's volume of Best New American Voices. Here are stories culled from hundreds of writing programs such as the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Johns Hopkins and from summer conferences such as Sewanee and Bread Loaf — as well as a complete list of contact information for these programs. This collection showcases tomorrow's literary stars: Julie Orringer, Adam Johnson, William Gay, David Benioff, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Maile Meloy, Amanda Davis, Jennifer Vanderbes, and John Murray are just some of the acclaimed authors whose early work has appeared in this series since its launch in 2000. The best new American voices are heard here first.
"Each year the nation's most driven would-be writers seek out the structure and support of the many creative writing MFA programs and-as this volume proves-produce inspired work under their auspices. Now in its eighth year, this series showcases stories nominated by workshop directors and instructors and selected, in this case, by guest editor Bausch (Thanksgiving Night). A number of the writers featured in this edition breathe new life into familiar themes-the University of Iowa's Leslie Jamison takes on heartbreak, Stanford's Suzanne Rivecca examines sexual abuse, University of Massachusetts, Amherst's Jedediah Berry looks at death, Elizabeth Kadetsky represents the Wesleyan Writers Conference with a tale of innocence lost, and Adam Stumacher of the Wisconsin Institute takes on political strife-but just as many craft deftly original stories that defy easy categorization; one standout example is a playful story from the University of Mississippi's Christopher Stokes, 'The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefellar,' set in colonial Indonesia and narrated by a shrewd native. In his introduction, guest editor Bausch says that literature's ongoing quest is 'to make something lasting out of the confusions of living'; these imaginative debut artists offer happy proof that the challenge is still being met." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This year's volume, featuring 17 new stories selected by award-winning novelist John Casey, continues the tradition of identifying the best young writers on the cusp of their careers.
About the Author
Richard Bausch is the author of many critically acclaimed novels and collections of short stories, including, most recently, Thanksgiving Night. In 2004 he won the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.
John Kulka is a senior editor at Yale University Press.
Natalie Danford is a novelist and book critic.
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Introduction by Richard Bauschxiii
Alice by Tucker Capps 1
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