• Fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2011

Selected from U.S. and Canadian Magazines
Author: Geraldine Brooks,Heidi Pitlor
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547242166
Category: Fiction
Page: 363
View: 9608
Presents twenty of the best works of short fiction of the past year from a variety of acclaimed sources.

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The Best American Short Stories 2014


Author: Jennifer Egan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547819242
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 4428
“The literary ‘Oscars’ features twenty outstanding examples of the best of the best in American short stories.” — Shelf Awareness for Readers The Best American Short Stories 2014 will be selected by national best-selling author Jennifer Egan, who won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for A Visit from the Goon Squad, heralded by Time magazine as “a new classic of American fiction.” Egan “possesses a satirist’s eye and a romance novelist’s heart” (New York Times Book Review).

    • Fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2011

The Best American Series
Author: Geraldine Brooks,Heidi Pitlor
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547719299
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 9680
The Best American Series® 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

    • Fiction

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011


Author: Harlan Coben,Otto Penzler
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054755396X
Category: Fiction
Page: 412
View: 5789
Presents a collection of the genre's best short mystery stories that have been published in the United States or Canada during the year.

    • Fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2012


Author: Tom Perrotta,Heidi Pitlor
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547242107
Category: Fiction
Page: 356
View: 6819
Presents twenty of the best works of short fiction of the past year from a variety of acclaimed sources.

    • Fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2013


Author: Elizabeth Strout
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547898363
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
View: 6393
“As our vision becomes more global, our storytelling is stretching in many ways. Stories increasingly change point of view, switch location, and sometimes pack as much material as a short novel might,” writes guest editor Elizabeth Strout. “It’s the variety of voices that most indicates the increasing confluence of cultures involved in making us who we are.” The Best American Short Stories 2013 presents an impressive diversity of writers who dexterously lead us into their corners of the world. In “Miss Lora,” Junot Díaz masterfully puts us in the mind of a teenage boy who throws aside his better sense and pursues an intimate affair with a high school teacher. Sheila Kohler tackles innocence and abuse as a child wanders away from her mother, in thrall to a stranger she believes is the “Magic Man.” Kirstin Valdez Quade’s “Nemecia” depicts the after-effects of a secret, violent family trauma. Joan Wickersham’s “The Tunnel” is a tragic love story about a mother’s declining health and her daughter’s helplessness as she struggles to balance her responsibility to her mother and her own desires. New author Callan Wink’s “Breatharians” unsettles the reader as a farm boy shoulders a grim chore in the wake of his parents’ estrangement. “Elizabeth Strout was a wonderful reader, an author who knows well that the sound of one’s writing is just as important as and indivisible from the content,” writes series editor Heidi Pitlor. “Here are twenty compellingly told, powerfully felt stories about urgent matters with profound consequences.”

    • Fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2003


Author: Walter Mosley,Katrina Kenison
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618197330
Category: Fiction
Page: 360
View: 3272
Presents a collection of stories selected from magazines in the United States and Canada

    • Fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2002


Author: Sue Miller,Katrina Kenison
Publisher: Mariner Books
ISBN: 9780618131730
Category: Fiction
Page: 375
View: 1235
The acclaimed annual short fiction series--this year featuring guest editor Sue Miller, the author of While I Was Gone--showcases the works of Edgwidge Danticat, Jill McCorkle, E. L. Doctorow, Arthur Miller, and Akhil Sharma, among other notable authors. Simultaneous. 200,000 first printing.

    • Fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2015


Author: T.C. Boyle,Heidi Pitlor
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547939434
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
View: 5477
In his introduction to this one hundredth volume of the beloved Best American Short Stories, guest editor T. C. Boyle writes, “The Model T gave way to the Model A and to the Ferrari and the Prius . . . modernism to postmodernism and post-postmodernism. We advance. We progress. We move on. But we are part of a tradition.” Boyle’s choices of stories reflect a vibrant range of characters, from a numb wife who feels alive only in the presence of violence to a new widower coming to terms with his sudden freedom, from a missing child to a champion speedboat racer. These stories will grab hold and surprise, which according to Boyle is “what the best fiction offers, and there was no shortage of such in this year’s selections.” Mulling over the question of character likability, series editor Heidi Pitlor asks, “Did I like these characters? I very much liked reading their stories, as did T. C. Boyle.” Here are characters who “are living, breathing people who screw up terribly and want and need and think uneasy thoughts.” T. C. BOYLE, guest editor, has published fifteen novels and ten collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1988 for his novel World’s End and the Prix Médicis étranger for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995, as well as the 2014 Henry David Thoreau Prize for excellence in nature writing. His most recent book is the novel The Harder They Come. HEIDI PITLOR, series editor, is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.

    • Literary Collections

21 Essential American Short Stories


Author: Leslie M. Pockell
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429990875
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 320
View: 2128
A vibrant journey through the annals of classic American short stories 21 Essential American Short Stories is a collection of beloved stories that have comprised an important part of the fabric of our culture, from the earliest days of our nation to the twentieth century. Some of the stories, such as Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi," William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," and James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," have been long regarded as literary classics, while others, such as Frank Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?" and Ellis Parker Butler's "Pigs Is Pigs," are lesser known but well worth discovering. The carefully selected stories, each preceded by an illuminating headnote, powerfully illustrate the varied richness of our national literature and history. This beautifully packaged volume, containing the unforgettable classic short stories that evoke our shared American tradition and national identity, makes the perfect gift for the short story aficionado and novice alike.

    • Fiction

100 Years of The Best American Short Stories


Author: Lorrie Moore,Heidi Pitlor
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054405606X
Category: Fiction
Page: 480
View: 9902
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. Moore writes that the process of assembling these stories allowed her to look “thrillingly not just at literary history but at actual history — the cries and chatterings, silences and descriptions of a nation in flux.” 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories is an invaluable testament, a retrospective of our country’s ever-changing but continually compelling literary artistry. LORRIE MOORE, after many years as a professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is now the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Moore has received honors for her work, among them the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story. Her most recent novel, A Gate at the Stairs, was short-listed for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and her most recent story collection, Bark, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor Award. HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.

    • Fiction

Tenth of December


Author: George Saunders
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408837358
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
View: 6529
WINNER OF THE 2014 FOLIO PRIZE AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2013 George Saunders's most wryly hilarious and disturbing collection yet, Tenth of December illuminates human experience and explores figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations. A family member recollects a backyard pole dressed for all occasions; Jeff faces horrifying ultimatums and the prospect of DarkenfloxxTM in some unusual drug trials; and Al Roosten hides his own internal monologue behind a winning smile that he hopes will make him popular. With dark visions of the future riffing against ghosts of the past and the ever-settling present, this collection sings with astonishing charm and intensity.

    • Fiction

This is Not Your City

Stories
Author: Caitlin Horrocks
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1932511911
Category: Fiction
Page: 169
View: 427
Presents a collection of darkly comic stories about women who are isolated by various circumstances.

    • Fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2009


Author: Alice Sebold,Heidi Pitlor
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
View: 8345
Presents a collection of stories selected from magazines in the United States and Canada

    • Fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2017


Author: Meg Wolitzer,Heidi Pitlor
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 132876673X
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
View: 2963
Best-selling author Meg Wolitzer guest edits the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction. “If you know exactly what you are going to get from the experience of reading a story, you probably wouldn’t go looking for it; you need, in order to be an open reader of fiction, to be willing. To cast a vote for what you love and then wait for the outcome,” writes Meg Wolitzer in her introduction. The Best American Short Stories 2017 casts a vote for and celebrates all that is our country. Here you’ll find a man with a boyfriend and a girlfriend, naval officers trapped on a submarine, a contestant on America’s Funniest Home Videos, and a gay man desperate to be a father—unforgettable characters waiting for an outcome, burning with stories to tell. The Best American Short Stories 2017 includes T. C. BOYLE • JAI CHAKRABARTI • EMMA CLINE • DANIELLE EVANS • LAUREN GROFF • ERIC PUCHNER • JIM SHEPARD • CURTIS SITTENFELD • JESS WALTER and others

    • Fiction

The Best American Mystery Stories 2014


Author: Laura Lippman,Otto Penzler
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544034643
Category: Fiction
Page: 372
View: 5927
A collection of top-selected mystery writing from the past year is culled from a variety of respected sources and offers insight into evolving genre trends.

    • Fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2016


Author: Junot Díaz,Heidi Pitlor
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544867092
Category: Fiction
Page: 308
View: 5316
“The literary ‘Oscars’ features twenty outstanding examples of the best of the best in American short stories.” —Shelf Awareness for Readers The Best American Short Stories 2016 will be selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz. He brings "one of the most distinctive and magnetic voices in contemporary fiction: limber, streetwise, caffeinated and wonderfully eclectic" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) to the collection.

    • Fiction

The Best American Mystery Stories 2006


Author: Scott Turow
Publisher: Mariner Books
ISBN: 9780618517473
Category: Fiction
Page: 358
View: 2528
Presents a collection of mystery stories selected from magazines in the United States and Canada

    • Fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2000


Author: E. L. Doctorow,Katrina Kenison
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780395926871
Category: Fiction
Page: 381
View: 7844
Presents a collection of stories selected from magazines in the United States and Canada

    • Fiction

Foster


Author: Claire Keegan
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571255663
Category: Fiction
Page: 96
View: 7843
A small girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm in rural Ireland, without knowing when she will return home. In the strangers' house, she finds a warmth and affection she has not known before and slowly begins to blossom in their care. And then a secret is revealed and suddenly, she realizes how fragile her idyll is. Winner of the Davy Byrnes Memorial Prize, Foster is now published in a revised and expanded version. Beautiful, sad and eerie, it is a story of astonishing emotional depth, showcasing Claire Keegan's great accomplishment and talent.