Synopses & Reviews
Edited by critically acclaimed, best-selling author Alice Sebold, the stories in this year's collection serve as a provacative literary "antenna for what is going on in the world" (Chicago Tribune). The collection boasts great variety from "famous to first-timers, sifted from major magazines and little reviews, grand and little worlds" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), ensuring yet another rewarding, enduring edition of the oldest and best-selling Best American.
"Editor Alice Sebold — in collaboration with series editor Heidi Pitlor, who did the preliminary winnowing — doesn't offer reasons for her choices, but she has put together a collection that is more uniformly satisfying than some "Best" outings have been in recent years. There appears to be less emphasis on experimental prose, which is always a hit-or-miss proposition, and the authors generally are writers with proven track records (Richard Powers, Annie Proulx, Joseph Epstein)." Diane Scharper, The Wall Street Journal
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The oldest and bestselling Best American, THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2009 will be selected by Alice Sebold, author of the bestseller THE LOVELY BONES.
About the Author
Alice Sebold is the bestselling author of the novels The Almost Moon and The Lovely Bones, and the memoir Lucky. She lives in California with her husband, the novelist Glen David Gold. The film adaptation of The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson, is scheduled for release in 2009.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.