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The Best American Series(r) First, Best, and Best-Selling The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected and most popular of its kind. "The Best American Short Stories 2011" includes Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Jennifer Egan, Nathan Englander, Allegra Goodman, Ehud Havazelet, Rebecca Makkai, Steven Millhauser, George Saunders, Mark Slouka, and others "show more

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  • Paperback | 363 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 27.94mm | 294.83g
  • Mariner Books
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 2011 ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0547242166
  • 9780547242163
  • 151,967

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The Best American Series(R) First, Best, and Best-Selling The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind. "The Best American Short Stories 2011" includes Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Jennifer Egan, Nathan Englander, Allegra Goodman, Ehud Havazelet, Rebecca Makkai, Steven Millhauser, George Saunders, Mark Slouka, and others GERALDINE BROOKS, editor, is the author of the novels "Caleb's Crossing," "People of the Book," "March "(winner of the Pulitzer Prize), and "Year of Wonders," and the nonfiction works "Nine Parts of Desire" and "Foreign Correspondence." Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha's Vineyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons. Look for the other best-selling titles in the Best American series: THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITINGshow more

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In her introduction to "The Best American Short Stories 2011," Geraldine Brooks draws the comparison between a well-told joke and a good short story. She writes, "Each form relies on suggestion and economy. Characters have to be drawn in a few deft strokes. There's generally a setup, a reveal, a reversal, and a release . . . In the joke and in the short story, the beginning and end are precisely anchored tent poles, and what lies between must pull so taut it twangs."The twenty tightly crafted stories collected here are full of deftly drawn characters, universal truths, and often, like good jokes, surprising humor. Richard Powers's "To the Measures Fall" is a comic meditation on the uses of literature in the course of a life. In the satirical "The Sleep," Caitlin Horrocks puts her fictional prairie town to bed--the inhabitants hibernate through the long winter as a form of escape--while in Steve Millhauser's imagined town the citizens are visited by ghostlike apparitions in "The Phantoms." Allegra Goodman's spare but beautiful "La Vita Nuova" finds a jilted fiancee letting her art class paint all over her wedding dress as a poignant act of release. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wryly captures the social change in the air in Lagos, Nigeria, in her story of a wealthy young man who is not entirely at ease with what his life has become. As Brooks pursued these richly imagined and varied landscapes she found that "it was like walking into the best kind of party, where you can hole up in a corner with old friends for a while, then launch out among interesting strangers."show more

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"In this anthology series celebrating American short fiction annually since 1915, each year a different renowned writer chooses the best 20 stories of that year...Brooks does the honors impressively." --"Booklist ""Though many of the names here are familiar, this powerful new work re-establishes these authors' command of the form." --"Publishers Weekly" "Another stellar selection from an anthology that has sustained high standards for 35 years..Each one of these stories could establish itself as some reader s favorite." --"Kirkus," starred"show more

Table of contents

Table of Contents§Foreword (Geraldine Brooks)§Introduction (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)§Ceiling - From Granta (Megan Mayhew Bergman)§Housewifely Arts - From One Story (Tom Bissell)§A Bridge Under Water - From Agni (Jennifer Egan)§Out Of Body - From Tin House (Nathan Englander)§Free Fruit For Young Widows - From The New Yorker (Allegra Goodman)§La Vita Nuova - From The New Yorker (Ehud Havazelet)§Gurov In Manliattan - From Triquarterly (Caitlin Horrocks)§The Sleep - From The Atlantic Fiction For Kindle (Bret Anthony Johnston)§Soldier Of Fortune - From Glimmer Train (Claire Keegan)§Foster - From The New Yorker (Sam Lipsyte)§The Dungeon Master - From The New Yorker (Rebecca Makkai)§Peter Torrelli, Falling Apart - From Tin House (Elizabeth Mccracken)§Property - From Granta (Steven Millhauser)§Phantoms - From McSweeney's (Ricardo Nuila)§Dog Bites - From McSweeney's (Joyce Carol Oates)§Id - From The New Yorker (Richard Powers)§To The Measures Fall - From The New Yorker (Jess Row)§The Call Of Blood - From Harvard Review (George Saunders)§Escape From Spiderhead - From Die New Yorker (Mark Slouka)§The Hare's Mask (From Harper's Magazine)§Contributors' Notes§Other Distinguished Stories Of 2010§Editorial Addresses Of American And Canadian Magazines Publishing Short Storiesshow more