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Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses (2009 Edition) (The Pushcart Prize) Hardcover – December 14, 2008

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Starred Review. The 33rd Pushcart anthology demonstrates that independent presses still publish much of the world's most engaging literature. McSweeney's nominated Wells Tower's standout story, Retreat, in which aging property developer Matthew Lattimore seeks assistance from (while simultaneously antagonizing) his brother, his carpenter and the very wilds of Maine. Man and Wife, Katie Chase's piece from the Missouri Review, tells the story of Mary Ellen, whose parents and neighbors marry off nine-year-old girls in a world eerily similar to our own. In her AGNI essay, Bendithion, Harrison Solow considers the enigmatic otherworldliness of the world-class tenor and Welsh postmaster, Timothy Evans. And Sylvester Stallone shows aspiring novelist Jeremy Collins something about the artist's life in the funny and moving Georgia Review essay, Shadow Boxing. Poems by emerging and established poets such as Ciaran Barry, Bruce Smith and Derek Walcott pepper this must-have book for contemporary literature lovers. (Dec.)
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Despite claims that reading is in decline, there is certainly no downswing in the need to write. Literature remains vital, if underappreciated, as the range of expression, the spectrum of ideas, and the depth of feeling in contemporary writing grows and blossoms. Open the latest Pushcart gathering of the best of the small presses, and enter a cosmos of candor, humor, conviction, and lyricism. The more than 60 striking, diverse works showcased here include bracing poems by Kurt Brown, Derek Walcott, and Elinor Wylie; essays of earth, faith, and love by Krista Bremer, Brenda Miller, and Christian Wiman; and fresh and compelling fiction by Beena Kamlani, Jack Livings, and Elizabeth Tallent. Thoughtfully dedicated to the late Raymond J. Smith, editor and publisher of the Ontario Review and Ontario Review Press, who, in the words of Pushcart editor Henderson, gave “countless authors hope,” this generous, glimmering, and hopeful Pushcart Prize volume affirms the love readers and writers alike share for the art and spirit of strong writing, and the awareness and communion literature engenders. --Donna Seaman
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Product Details

  • Series: The Pushcart Prize
  • Hardcover: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Pushcart Press; 1 edition (December 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888889500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888889505
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,672,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just as Jonathan, a previous reviewer, I question most of Bill Henderson's choices for the 2009 Pushcart edition. I gave the book a chance, I buy it every year along with the Best American Short Stories, and the O.Henry Prize Stories,purchases to which I have now have added the Best New American Voices,2009 and 2010.

I gave Bill Henderson's huge compendium a chance to entertain me on a recent writing trip to Prague,by deciding to start every story and read it for at least 2 or 3 pages. Only three of them were interesting or memorable to me. As an avid reader and a student writer I was not "hooked" by most of these selections.

While it is true that taste is personal and unique, and I am probably not expressing a majority opinion, most of these stories will not survive to be read again and again, as many of our favourites have.
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I started with the 2010 and 2011 Pushcart collections and was so impressed and inspired by the quality of writing I ordered the 2008 and 2009 collections. These are equally high-quality.
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This is a nice collection, but it definitely reveals the decline of taste prevalent in our society. It also reveals the common prejudices among publishers etc. There were a handful of pieces I genuinely loved, but I was surprised by how many I actually loathed. I consider myself fairly eclectic, but the amount of sensationalist smut present in this collection is somewhat appalling despite my defensive cynicism.
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