- Series: Best New American Voices
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Harvest Books; 1 edition (October 8, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156031493
- ISBN-13: 978-0156031493
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,890,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Each year the nation's most driven would-be writers seek out the structure and support of the many creative writing MFA programs and-as this volume proves-produce inspired work under their auspices. Now in its eighth year, this series showcases stories nominated by workshop directors and instructors and selected, in this case, by guest editor Bausch (Thanksgiving Night). A number of the writers featured in this edition breathe new life into familiar themes-the University of Iowa's Leslie Jamison takes on heartbreak, Stanford's Suzanne Rivecca examines sexual abuse, University of Massachusetts, Amherst's Jedediah Berry looks at death, Elizabeth Kadetsky represents the Wesleyan Writers Conference with a tale of innocence lost, and Adam Stumacher of the Wisconsin Institute takes on political strife-but just as many craft deftly original stories that defy easy categorization; one standout example is a playful story from the University of Mississippi's Christopher Stokes, "The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefellar," set in colonial Indonesia and narrated by a shrewd native. In his introduction, guest editor Bausch says that literature's ongoing quest is "to make something lasting out of the confusions of living"; these imaginative debut artists offer happy proof that the challenge is still being met.
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"These ambitious stories reflect the imaginations of a generation and are a sneak preview of coming attractions in fiction."--Chicago Tribune (Editor's Choice)
"Demonstrates the potent force of American writers emerging from such distinguished writing programs as Bread Loaf and Sewanee. These collected works draw the reader into varied worlds of experience."--Elle
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Reading this you might be left with the impression that the Best American new female voices are incapable of writing a female protagonist who isn't an utterly helpless mess unable to see the world beyond some man or another who doesn't care about her.
If you're able to swallow Cosmo's gender politics, this is the collection for you. Personally, it felt like a sordid thing to be complicit in.
But all that being said, the last story, "no one here means what they say" by Mckinstray has an immense impact on the casual reader, it is well written and touching. I recommend buying this collection if only for that story. We will definitely be hearing from that writer again...