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The Best American Short Stories 2018 (The Best American Series ®) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
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. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B078FGZ95D
- Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 2, 2018)
- Publication date : October 2, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3929 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0544582942
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #124,110 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Most of the 1 and 2-star reviews have something in common. Have you noticed?
I'm not surprised by some of the commentary I've read about the anthology. Disappointed, yes, but not surprised. I've read reviews centering on how people don't think these stories deserve the title "best of" because they are too political, because they are not written like other good short stories are, because they sound different, and, of course, because 'the only reason these stories were chosen was because Roxane Gay wanted to choose political stories.'
Here is what I say to those readers: being political and being good are NOT mutually exclusive. And, furthermore: most of these stories aren't overtly political. Having diverse characters does not equal a polemic against the current administration.
This is the first of the "Best of" series where I wasn't completely overwhelmed by the male, able-bodied WASPiness of it all. BASS 2018 is not about what IS traditionally considered "good" literary fiction. It is about what SHOULD be considered good literary fiction. It is about stories and voices that are glorious and beautiful but have been overlooked again and again by literature as a collective. The stories here experiment with structure, with voice, with point of view and with subject matter.
Most of the time, I end up enjoying between 1/3 and 1/2 of the stories per BASS collection.
This year, I enjoyed all but two or three, and that was mostly because they just weren't the style I enjoy reading – stepping back as a reader, from a craft standpoint they were quite strong.
I strongly encourage readers and writers alike to pick up this anthology. It is perfect for teaching craft, and showcases a variety of voices and POVs: great for classrooms with a wide range of writerly sensibilities.
Ms. Gay would do well to forgo political rants about President Trump. Politics may have a place in literature, but only if it’s organic. Instead, literally within the first five sentences, she makes a hysterical attack on Trump without supporting her accusations with even one fact.
Kindly save the lectures and virtue signaling and focus on what’s important, quality storytelling.