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The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.
The Best American Short Stories 2011 includes
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Jennifer Egan,
Nathan Englander, Allegra Goodman,
Ehud Havazelet, Rebecca Makkai, Steven Millhauser,
George Saunders, Mark Slouka, and others
"Russo (Empire Falls) and Pitlor (The Birthdays) deliver an exceptional group of carefully crafted stories focusing on family, loss, self-discovery, aging, love, and friendship. Danielle Evans's 'Someone Ought to Tell Her There's Nowhere to Go,' covers the war-torn life of Georgie, an army vet struggling to maintain his sanity after witnessing brutality and devastation in Iraq, while Wells Tower's 'Raw Water,' showcases this young writer's remarkable gift for description: 'She was sixteen or so, with a face like a left-handed sketch.' Some welcome usual suspects appear (Jennifer Egan, Charles Baxter, Jim Shepard) alongside notable newcomers Téa Obreht and Karen Russell, leaving ample room for lesser knowns like Maggie Shipstead ('The Cowboy Tango') to show what makes their writing unique: 'Where's your dad?' 'Wyoming.' 'What's he do?' 'Chickens.' Russo likens selecting 20 from the roughly 250 submitted stories to 'literary waterboarding' and evokes a metaphor from one of his favorite picks of the collection: stories are like jars of bees, and 'we choose the tales that sting us good, leaving us surprised and sore... wide awake and alive.'
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"In this anthology series celebrating American short fiction annually since 1915, each year a different renowned writer chooses the best 20 stories of that year...Brooks does the honors impressively.
--Booklist "Though many of the names here are familiar, this powerful new work re-establishes these authors' command of the form."
--Publishers Weekly "Another stellar selection from an anthology that has sustained high standards for 35 years..Each one of these stories could establish itself as some readers favorite."
Edited by the award-winning, best-selling author Richard Russo, this years collection boasts a satisfying “chorus of twenty stories that are by turns playful, ironic, somber, and meditative” (Wall Street Journal). With the masterful Russo picking the best of the best, Americas oldest and best-selling story anthology is sure to be of “enduring quality” (Chicago Tribune) this year.
Edited by the award-winning, best-selling author Richard Russo, this years collection boasts a satisfying chorus of twenty stories that are by turns playful, ironic, somber, and meditative” (Wall Street Journal). With the masterful Russo picking the best of the best, Americas oldest and best-selling story anthology is sure to be of enduring quality” (Chicago Tribune) this year.
A collection of the year's best short stories, as published in American periodicals.
About the Author
Geraldine Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, is an international bestseller, and her novel People of the Book was a New York Times bestseller translated into 20 languages. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been the series editor for The Best American Short Stories since 2007. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.