Synopses & Reviews
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Richard Bausch
Alice by Tucker Capps 1
Inheritance by Jedediah Berry 42
Uncle by Suzanne Rivecca 58
The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller by Christopher Stokes 78
Quiet Men by Leslie Jamison 97
Early Humans by Garth Risk Hallberg 131
Horizon by Peter Mountford 160
Surfacing by Lauren Groff 176
Headlock by Dan Pinkerton 204
Mouse by Jordan McMullin 225
Alms by Razia Sultana Khan 243
Men More Than Mortal by Elizabeth Kadetsky 257
Men and Boys by Oriane Gabrielle Delfosse 277
The Wizard of Khao-I-Dang by Sharon May 301
Venn Diagram by David James Poissant 321
The Neon Desert by Adam Stumacher 338
No One Here Says What They Mean by Stefan McKinstray 363