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My father, seeking interpretation, stared at me. I simply shook my head no. I could not explain Dad to himself in terms of tidal fashion trends. All I said was "I think he likes you."The exchange typifies the writing showcased in this anthology: in these stories, again and again, we find a breakdown of human communication that is sprightly, humorous, and devastatingly complete. A few more of the terrific stories featured herein: Amy Bloom's "The Story," a goofy metafiction about a villainous divorcee; Geoffrey Becker's "Black Elvis," which tells of, well, a black Elvis; and Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Third and Final Continent," a story of an Indian man who moves to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Like the collection itself, Lahiri's story amasses a lovely, funny mood as it goes along. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Very sad: the binding began falling apart shortly after I started reading it. Now it's in 5 pieces and I'm sending it backPublished 5 months ago by Connie Gray
I ordered two books from 2 different sources on the same day. The one book arrived in a few days. This book is already a day behind in the last date promised and my class is... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tillie Malibu
Doctorow has excellent taste in short fiction. With only a few exceptions (Junot Diaz and Marilyn Krysl), the stories in this collection are excellent. Read morePublished on March 2, 2002 by firstname.lastname@example.org
If nothing else, the story by J. Diaz makes it worth your money to buy the anthology. I enjoyed it, and although I haven't yet read the entire collection, it's definitely on my... Read morePublished on December 16, 2000 by CBlack
Yes, this seems to be an average year. 1999's edition was much better. In fact, I think the best story in the book was the introduction by Amy Tan! Read morePublished on November 23, 2000 by Jamie
You know you're in trouble when the best story in the book is by Raymond Carver, now deceased for over a decade. Read morePublished on November 12, 2000