Best Stories of the American West: v. 1

Best Stories of the American West: v. 1

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"Best Stories of the American West, Volume I" showcases, side-by-side, the work of so-called "traditional" western writers such as Max Evans and Elmer Kelton, and the "literary" contingent represented by writers like William Kittredge and Valerie Miner. This collection reflects the extraordinary diversity of the culture and lifestyles of the American West. There is an all-pervading, tragic sense of history in John Graves' "The Last Running." Stories by Sherman Alexie, Melanie Thon, and Lannan Award- winner Luis Alberto Urrea centre on Indian Country, a world unknown to most Americans, but crucial to an understanding of American society as a whole. Elmore Leonard deals with violence and justice; Richard Cass and Steven Patterson offer dramatic stories of women engaged in perilous worlds of work and sex. Max Evans describes a cowboy life that is, in a curious way, the other side of the coin from Brokeback Mountain. Film director John Sayles, also a first-rate writer of short fiction, offers a unique view of the workingman's Hollywood; and Geronimo Tagatac, of Filipino heritage, takes the reader through an immigrant experience typical of the West. Idaho born and bred John Rember uses metaphor and humour to tell a story of sadness, growth, and love in "Sudden Death, Over Time," appearing in print here for the first more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 30.5mm | 521.64g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765310899
  • 9780765310897

About Marc Jaffe

MARC JAFFE, an editor and publisher -- for eighteen years Editorial Director at Bantam Books -- has had decades-long experience with writing of the West, beginning with his first job in publishing as Western Editor at New American Library. Most recently he collaborated with the late historian Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. in editing "Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes," published in April 2006 by Alfred A. Knopf. He has, over the years, traveled widely throughout the West and now lives with his wife in Williamstown, more

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