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Best New American Voices 2006 Paperback – October 3, 2005

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Editorial Reviews

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This "best" annual seeks outstanding short stories by participants in the nation's 370-plus college and university writing programs. So far each guest editor has selected some writers who go on to great success. Last year, for example, Francine Prose selected Rattawut Lapcharoensap, whose first book, Sightseeing (2004), is a big hit, and Eric Puchner, whose debut story collection is forthcoming. The short story owes its continued vitality to writing workshops, notes this edition's astute guest editor, Jane Smiley, who also states, "I never write short stories, and as a reader, I find them a little scary." She also avers, "Short stories are hard to write." That said, Smiley has chosen extraordinarily well crafted and intense examples. In Jennifer Shaff's "Leave of Absence," a young PE instructor mourning the death of her parents discovers Spock, of Star Trek fame, in her basement. Andrew Foster Altschul writes with high-voltage insight about a man working as a guard in a woman's shelter. The aftermath of Vietnam, twins, a failed marriage, love, unexpected rescue--all are dramatized in unpredictable and indelible ways. Donna Seaman
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"This book reminds us of the range of imagination and experience informing fiction today."--Chicago Tribune (Editor's Choice)

"These stories serve as a heads-up for readers interested in emerging talent."--The Hartford Courant

"Extraordinarily wellcrafted and intense. Aspiring writers will learn a great deal from this exciting collection." -- Booklist<br>
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"Impressive craftsmanship and high imaginative quality distinguish an annual that's becoming an essential."
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Product details

  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Paperback : 324 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0156029014
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0156029018
  • Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.81 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : Mariner Books; First Edition (October 3, 2005)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3 ratings