Synopses & Reviews
In New American Stories, the beautiful, the strange, the
melancholy, and the sublime all comingle to show the vast range of the
American short story . In this remarkable anthology, Ben Marcus has
corralled a vital and artistically singular crowd of contemporary
fiction writers. Collected here are practitioners of deep realism,
mind-blowing experimentalism, and every hybrid in between. Luminaries
and cult authors stand side by side with the most compelling new
literary voices. Nothing less than the American short story renaissance
distilled down to its most relevant, daring, and unforgettable works, New American Stories puts on wide display the true art of an American idiom.
About the Author
Ben Marcus is the author of three books of fiction: The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, and The Flame Alphabet, and he is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. His stories have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Granta, Electric Literature, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Tin House, and Conjunctions. He has received the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York with his wife and children.