Synopses & Reviews
The thirty-three stories in this volume prove that American short fiction maybe be our most distinctive national art form. As selected and introduced by Tobias Wolff, they also make up an alternate map of the United States that represents not just geography but narrative traditions, cultural heritage, and divergent approaches.
Contributors and stories include: Mary Gaitskill, A Romantic Weekend; Thom Jones, A White Horse; Andre Dubus, The Fat Girl; Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried; Chris Offutt, Aunt Granny Lith; Raymond Carver, Cathedral; Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?; Robert Stone, Helping; Mona Simpson, Lawns; Ann Beattie, A Vintage Thunderbird; Jamaica Kincaid, Girl; Stuart Dybek, Chopin in Water; Barry Hannah, Testimony of Pilot; John Edgar Wideman, Daddy Garbage; Ron Hansen, Wickedness; Denis Johnson, Emergency; Edward P. Jones, The First Day; John L'Heureux, Departures; Ralph Lombreglia, Men Under Water; Leonard Michaels, Murderers; Robert Olmstead, Cody's Story; Jayne Anne Phillips, Home; Susan Power, Moonwalk; Amy Tan, Rules of the Game; Stephanie Vaughn, Dog Heaven; Joy Williams, Train; Dorothy Allison, River of Names; Richard Bausch, All The Way in Flagstaff, Arizona; Carol Bly, Talk of Heroes; Scott Bradfield, The Darling; Kate Braverman, Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta; Richard Ford, Rock Springs; and Allan Gurganus, Minor Heroism.
"If there is anything other than the nationality of their authors that unites these stories, it is a disinterest in postmodern formal athleticism. Editor Wolff has chosen stories, not fictions." Kirkus Reviews
"Realistic and convincing, these voices of the past decade and a half create a sense of kinship that remains with readers as insistently as do their own memories....Highly recommended." Library Journal
"These satisfying stories validate the robust state of affairs of contemporary short fiction." Booklist
About the Author
Tobias Wolff lives in Northern California and teaches at Stanford University. He has received the Rea Award for excellence in the short story, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award.