Wednesday, December 30, 2015

100 Years of the Best American Short Stories

100 Years of The Best American Short Stories

Book synopsis(via Goodreads):


The Best American Short Stories is the longest running and best-selling series of short fiction in the country. For the centennial celebration of this beloved annual series, master of the form Lorrie Moore selects forty stories from the more than two thousand that were published in previous editions. Series editor Heidi Pitlor recounts behind-the-scenes anecdotes and examines, decade by decade, the trends captured over a hundred years. Together, the stories and commentary offer an extraordinary guided tour through a century of literature with what Moore calls “all its wildnesses of character and voice.”

These forty stories represent their eras but also stand the test of time. Here is Ernest Hemingway’s first published story and a classic by William Faulkner, who admitted in his biographical note that he began to write “as an aid to love-making.” Nancy Hale’s story describes far-reaching echoes of the Holocaust; Tillie Olsen’s story expresses the desperation of a single mother; James Baldwin depicts the bonds of brotherhood and music. Here is Raymond Carver’s “minimalism,” a term he disliked, and Grace Paley’s “secular Yiddishkeit.” Here are the varied styles of Donald Barthelme, Charles Baxter, and Jamaica Kincaid. From Junot Díaz to Mary Gaitskill, from ZZ Packer to Sherman Alexie, these writers and stories explore the different things it means to be American.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Houghten Mifflen Harcourt for the advanced reader's copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's opinion: 


I love short stories. As a busy working mom of three, a short story anthology means that I can catch a story or two while waiting in the school drop off line, the doctor's office or while waiting  for a dance class to finish. 

I enjoyed this mix of stories that are full of recognizable writers of this century. I would have liked a few on the more modern end but overall very much enjoyed it. 


Rating:


4 stars. 

Worth staying up all night to read?


Hey- that's the joy of short stories! You don't have to stay up all night to complete the story. 


                                                     

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