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The Best American Short Stories 2013 (The Best American Series ®) Paperback – October 8, 2013
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In Miss Lora, Junot Díaz masterfully puts us in the mind of a teenage boy who throws aside his better sense and pursues an intimate affair with a high school teacher. Sheila Kohler tackles innocence and abuse as a child wanders away from her mother, in thrall to a stranger she believes is the Magic Man. Kirstin Valdez Quades Nemecia depicts the after-effects of a secret, violent family trauma. Joan Wickershams The Tunnel is a tragic love story about a mothers declining health and her daughters helplessness as she struggles to balance her responsibility to her mother and her own desires. New author Callan Winks Breatharians unsettles the reader as a farm boy shoulders a grim chore in the wake of his parents estrangement.
Elizabeth Strout was a wonderful reader, an author who knows well that the sound of ones writing is just as important as and indivisible from the content, writes series editor Heidi Pitlor. Here are twenty compellingly told, powerfully felt stories about urgent matters with profound consequences.
From the Back Cover
First, Best, and Best-Selling
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected and most popular of its kind.
The Best American Short Stories 2013 includes
Daniel Alarcón, Junot Díaz, Gish Jen, David Means, Lorrie Moore, Antonya Nelson,
Kristin Valdez Quade, George Saunders, Jim Shepard, and others
Elizabeth Strout is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Burgess Boys; Olive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; the national bestseller Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London.
Look for the other best-selling titles in the Best American series:
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS
THE BEST AMERICAN INFOGRAPHICS
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES
THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING
THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING
THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING
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As a former English major, former English teacher, and life-long reader, I found Strout's introduction one of the best English classes I've ever attended. In it, she talks of her selection criteria for the stories. It is a brilliant piece of analysis and well worth the price of the book all by itself.
The first story, read with her criteria in mind, was a joy both in and of itself and for the extra I got from it thanks to the book's introduction.
I already have my money's worth. And, better still, I have all the rest of the stories to enjoy in the days ahead.
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The book itself was perfect. No bends, scratches, or notes.