Synopses & Reviews
In his introduction to this one hundredth volume of the beloved Best American Short Stories,
guest editor T. C. Boyle writes, “The Model T gave way to the Model A and to the Ferrari and the Prius . . . modernism to postmodernism and post-postmodernism. We advance. We progress. We move on. But we are part of a tradition.”
Boyle’s choices of stories reflect a vibrant range of characters, from a numb wife who feels alive only in the presence of violence to a new widower coming to terms with his sudden freedom, from a missing child to a champion speedboat racer. These stories will grab hold and surprise, which according to Boyle is “what the best fiction offers, and there was no shortage of such in this year’s selections.”
Mulling over the question of character likability, series editor Heidi Pitlor asks, “Did I like these characters? I very much liked reading their stories, as did T. C. Boyle.” Here are characters who “are living, breathing people who screw up terribly and want and need and think uneasy thoughts.”
T. C. BOYLE, guest editor, has published fifteen novels and ten collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1988 for his novel World’s End and the Prix Médicis étranger for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995, as well as the 2014 Henry David Thoreau Prize for excellence in nature writing. His most recent book is the novel The Harder They Come.
HEIDI PITLOR, series editor, is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.
Award-winning and best-selling author T.C. Boyle guest edits this year’s The Best American Short Stories, the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction.
“Welcome to the best of the best.” — New York Daily News Books Blog
The stories in this 100th installment of The Best American Short Stories will be selected by award-winning and best-selling author T. C. Boyle. A master storyteller with a delightfully subversive streak, Boyle mixes “brilliance with high-concept pyrotechnics, meditations with whiz-bangery” (Los Angeles Times) and he is “always enjoyable, virtually incapable of dullness” (New York Times Book Review).
About the Author
T.C. BOYLE is the acclaimed author of World’s End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award) and Drop City (finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller) among many others. His recent short story collections include Tooth and Claw and The Human Fly and Other Stories. His short stories regularly appear in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper’s.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.