The Best American Short Stories, 2006

The Best American Short Stories, 2006

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While a single short story may have a difficult time raising enough noise on its own to be heard over the din of civilization, short stories in bulk can have the effect of swarming bees, blocking out sound and sun and becoming the only thing you can think about,” writes Ann Patchett in her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2006.

This vibrant, varied sampler of the American literary scene revels in life’s little absurdities, captures timely personal and cultural challenges, and ultimately shares subtle insight and compassion. In The View from Castle Rock,” the short story master Alice Munro imagines a fictional account of her Scottish ancestors’ emigration to Canada in 1818. Nathan Englander’s cast of young characters in How We Avenged the Blums” confronts a bully dubbed The Anti-Semite” to both comic and tragic ends. In Refresh, Refresh,” Benjamin Percy gives a forceful, heart-wrenching look at a young man’s choices when his father -- along with most of the men in his small town -- is deployed to Iraq. Yiyun Li’s After a Life” reveals secrets, hidden shame, and cultural change in modern China. And in Tatooizm,” Kevin Moffett weaves a story full of humor and humanity about a young couple’s relationship that has run its course.

Ann Patchett brought unprecedented enthusiasm and judiciousness [to The Best American Short Stories 2006],” writes Katrina Kenison in her foreword, and she is, surely, every story writer’s ideal reader, eager to love, slow to fault, exquisitely attentive to the text and all that lies beneath it.”

Baker & Taylor
Presents a collection of stories selected from magazines in the United States and Canada

& Taylor

The acclaimed annual short fiction series--this year featuring guest editor Ann Patchett, the author of Bel Canto and The Magician's Assistant--showcases the work of such notable authors as Thomas McGuane, Tobias Wolff, Donna Tartt, Mary Gaitskill, Nathan Englander, and other notables, from a variety of acclaimed sources. Simultaneous.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780618543519
Branch Call Number: SHORT STORIES BEST
Characteristics: xxii, 388 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Patchett, Ann
Kenison, Katrina
Alternative Title: American short stories, 2006


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