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About the Author

Sharon Dilworth is the fiction editor at Autumn House Press. She is the author of two collections of short stories, The Long White and Women Drinking Benedictine. Her novel, Year of the Gingko is forthcoming in 2010. She lives in Pittsburgh where she is a professor of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University.

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  • Perfect Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Autumn House Press (August 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932870415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932870411
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Cowger on November 21, 2010
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This is one of the best anthologies of short fiction I've ever read; I'd put it up up there with Speaking with the Angel (edited by Nick Hornby), which has long been my favorite short story anthology. Keeping the Wolves at Bay is particularly exciting because it's packed full of work by American writers of great promise who are only now at the beginning of their careers. I had never heard of most of these writers before I began reading, yet I'm going to keep my eye out for many of these names from this point forward.

Several of these writers are graduates of the prestigious Iowa Workshop, but included in the mix are writers whose work is enriched not only by education but by their day jobs, such as Diane Goodman, a chef who seamlessly works food and cooking into her fiction. The range of styles and topics in these stories is also worth noting; in these pages there is truly something for every reader, from the story about a newly married woman who is horrified to find herself fantasizing about becoming a widow (Jennifer Bannan's "Sexy Ida Makes a Vow"), to the story about three young girls who are linked by the same sperm donor father (Katie Chase's "The Donor's Daughters"), to the story about a police officer who must put a young boy's injured dog down (William Lychack's "Stolpestad").

Besides those listed above, here are my absolute favorites of the bunch: Diane Goodman's "Beloved Child," Andrew Malan Milward's "The Antichrist Chronicles," and Honoree Fanonne Jeffers's "All Them Crawfords." I genuinely enjoyed, and in some cases downright loved, almost all of the stories in the anthology, though, and highly recommend this book with no reservations.
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While all of these stories are so varied in content and voice, they are each striking in their ability to catch the reader off guard. I would recommend this text for any writer, writing instructor, or reader as an introduction to the fabulous new voices of today's writers.
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