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Paperback The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Stories Since 1970 Book

ISBN: 1416532277

ISBN13: 9781416532279

The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Stories Since 1970

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Fifty remarkable short stories from a range of contemporary fiction authors including Junot Diaz, Amy Tan, Jamaica Kincaid, Jhumpa Lahiri, and more, selected from a survey of more than five hundred English professors, short story writers, and novelists. Contributors include Russell Banks, Donald Barthelme, Rick Bass, Richard Bausch, Charles Baxter, Amy Bloom, T.C. Boyle, Kevin Brockmeier, Robert Olen Butler, Sandra Cisneros, Peter Ho Davies, Janet...

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A Treasure Chest Of Short Fiction

I was introduced to this anthology in a writing course. While compulsory reading is seldom as enjoyable as elective reading, I found myself returning to this collection of short stories long after the course ended. Stuart Dybek's "Pet Milk", a warm and rich introspection on the transition from childhood to adulthood, got me hooked and I soon read every story in this collection. Anyone who enjoys good writing but struggles to find time to read, or who appreciates finely crafted short fiction will enjoy these short but interesting stories. Highly recommended.

I want more volumes like this

I didn't want this book to end; the stories were so enjoyable. Some were so intense I had to reread them immediately. I would love to take a writing course to try emulating them or using them as inspiration. One complaint: like many of these anthologies the editors don't give a hint of what to expect. Stories are ordered alphabetically by author's last name, but curiously each leads to the next. This volume is much better than ones that try to pick the best story (or stories) of the year and more enlightening than single author collections.

An excellent collection

This is a wonderful selection of contemporary short fiction featuring a variety of authors and points of view and a great diversity of subject matter. Stories deal with such varied topics as homosexuality, the Holocaust, Native American mysticism and small time crooks. Women writers are well represented. This collection features some very different choices, including a ghost story from Joyce Carol Oates.This collection will prove an invaluable resource for budding writers and literature majors alike. This would also be a great primer for someone unfamiliar with the most contemporary short fiction.

Nearly Perfect

This is a nearly perfect and much welcome anthology. It is good to see such long neglected writers such as Denis Johnson, Lorrie Moore, Mark Richard and David Gates recognized, however, one could have hoped some of the more commercial writers such as Ethan Canin and Amy Bloom could have been left out in favor of George Saunders and Deborah Eisenberg. Despite a few stumbles, this is surely the best collection of contemporary fiction you're likely to find anywhere.
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