Synopses & Reviews
Adam Johnson • William Gay • David Benioff • Ana Menendez • Maile Meloy
Julie Orringer • Amanda Davis • Jennifer Vanderbes • John Murray
Since its inception in 2000, the Best New American Voices series has offered the joy of discovering the most promising writers every year. bestselling novelist Francine Prose has selected seventeen new stories for the fifth volume. These stories are chosen from hundreds of nominations submitted by writing programs, such as the Iowa Writers Workshop and Johns Hopkins, and by summer conferences, including Sewanee and Bread Loaf. Here, also, is a complete list of contact information for these programs. Delve into this rich, entertaining collection, a showcase for both writers workshops and tomorrows literary stars.
Praise for the Best New American Voices series
“ Since its launch in 2000, this series has discovered some of the best new writers. Collecting stories by American writers from distinguished writing programs, this book reminds us of the range of imagination and experience informing fiction today.” —Editors Choice, Chicago Tribune
“Demonstrates the potent force of American writers emerging from distinguished writing programs.” —Elle
Francine Prose is the award-winning author of a dozen works of .ction, including Blue Angel and Household Saints. She has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and Johns Hopkins University and is currently a directors fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers. She lives in New York City.
John Kulka is a senior editor at Yale University Press and lives in Connecticut.
Natalie Danford is a book critic whose writing has appeared in many publications, including the Washington Post. She lives in New York City.
"'How can the written word be dead when it is being deployed with such spirit and vitality?' asks guest editor Francine Prose in her introduction to this provocative collection of 17 stories chosen from writing programs and arts organizations around the country. More realistic than experimental, the stories ricochet between themes of love and loss; the best ones give readers the feeling they're swimming across the surface of an ocean when a shiver of cold betrays the great depths that lie beneath. Frances Hwang's mournful depiction of an estranged Chinese couple stuck with a deadbeat tenant in 'Garden City' is a portrait of lives consumed with regret. 'The Cosmonaut' by Ian David Froeb beautifully captures the parallels between two grieving men brought together under literally cosmic circumstances. A number of the stories document cultural clashes in progress. When the exasperated Thai farmer in Rattawut Lapcharoensap's 'Farangs' takes one look at the bikini-clad American tourist girl who's come to ride his elephant and asks, 'What if I went to her country and rode a bald eagle in my underwear, huh?' it's clear that as the world gets smaller, the potential for conflict looms large. Other selections depict fascinating communities of Sikhs, Sri Lankans and Singaporean Chinese. If this anthology of up-and-coming writers is any indication, the prognosis for the written word is very good." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The best of the new voices address life a far distance from academia and with distinctive language...As promised, promising voices."
PRAISE FOR THE BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES SERIES
"This book reminds us of the range of imagination and experience informing fiction today." -Chicago Tribune (Editor's Choice)
"Demonstrates the potent force of American writers emerging from distinguished writing programs."-Elle
"A welcome injection of off-beat and risk-taking stories marked by poignancy and humor. A meaningful contribution to the series."
"If this anthology of up-and-coming writers is any indication, the prognosis for the written word is very good."
Julie Orringer, Adam Johnson, William Gay, David Benioff, Ana Menendez, Maile Meloy, Amanda Davis, Jennifer Vanderbes, Alix Ohlin, and John Murray: These are just some of the acclaimed writers whose early work has appeared in Best New American Voices since its launch in 2000.
The 2005 edition features a new crop of promising stories selected by novelist Francine Prose, who continues the tradition of identifying the best young writers on the cusp of their careers. With pieces culled from hundreds of prestigious writing programs, such as the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Johns Hopkins, and from summer conferences including Sewanee and Bread Loaf-and with a complete list of contact information for these programs-this rich collection showcases tomorrow's literary stars.
A Harvest Original
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
Francine Prose is the award-winning author of a dozen works of fiction. She is a director's fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers and lives in New York City.John Kulka is executive editor-at-large at Harvard University Press and lives in Connecticut.Natalie Danford is a freelance writer and book critic whose work has appeared in People, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and many other publications. She is the author of a novel, Inheritance, and lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Francine Prose
The Golden Horde of Mississippi by Charley Henley
Garden City by Frances Hwang
Essay #3: Leda and the Swan by Eric Puchner
Full-Month Celebration by E. V. Slate
Like Vaclav by Keith Gessen
Farangs by Rattawut Lapcharoensap
More Abandon by Joshua Ferris
Rosie by Vivek Narayanan
Silent Sky by Lachlan Smith
Pine by Hasanthika Sirisena
Brides by Aryn Kyle
You Are Here by Michael Lowenthal
Sangeet by Bhira Backhaus
Creatures of a Day by Matthew Purdy
Dog Children by Tamara Guirado
The Cosmonaut by Ian David Froeb
Snow Fever by Rebecca Barry