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by Katrina Kenison,Sue Miller


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There are good stories in this book, no doubt.

There are good stories in this book, no doubt. But, "Best" of 2002? Of the (I think I recall correctly) 20 short stories, eight are from The New Yorker. Perhaps The NYer prints many of the best short stories; in fact, they probably do - given their readership, pay scale, and authors they attract. If you want a variety of short stories from a variety of magazines, you won't find them in this book.

Sue Miller was born November 29, 1943. from Radcliffe College in 1964. She was a high school teacher, a cocktail waitress and a model before becoming a full time mother. Several of her books have been adapted into movies including The Good Mother (1988), which was directed by Leonard Nimoy and starred Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson; Family Pictures (1993), which starred Anjelica Houston and Sam Neill; and Inventing the Abbotts (1997), which starred Liv Tyler. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Smith College.

Among the other notable writers whose stories were among the "100 Other Distinguished Stories of 2001" were Ann Beattie, Dan Chaon, Stuart Dybek, Louise Erdrich, Joyce Carol Oates, Bob Shacochis, John Updike and the late Richard Yates.

This year's Best American Short Stories features a rich mix of voices, from both .

This year's Best American Short Stories features a rich mix of voices, from both intriguing new writers and established masters of the form like Michael Chabon, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Ford, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Arthur Miller. Knowing that the character's musings about what it means to be a writer drew upon something in Munro's own life made those words all the more powerful.

I especially liked the first story, entitled Along the Fontage Road -a compelling story from a father's point of veiw about raising his son in today's world. I would recomend this book to just about anyone who enjoys reading. another year's :"best of". Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 16 years ago. I admire what Houghton Mifflin is trying to do with the Best American Series. But oftentimes I have to wonder about their selection of stories.

Miller, Sue, 1943- edt; Kenison, Katrina.

This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. The Best American Short Stories 2002. This year's Best American Short Stories features a rich mix of voices, from both intriguing new writers and established masters of the form like Michael Chabon, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Ford, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Arthur Miller. The 2002 collection includes stories about everything from illicit love affairs to family, the immigrant experience and badly behaved children - stories varied in subject but unified in their power and humanity.

The Best American Short Stories yearly anthology is a part of The Best American Series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Since 1915, the BASS anthology has striven to contain the best short stories by some of the best-known writers in contemporary American literature.

Nancy Pate, Orlando Sentinel October 7, 2002. Publishers Weekly, Sept.

Story for story, readers can’t beat The Best American Short Stories series . . . Each year it offers the opportunity to dive into the current trends and fresh voices that define the modern American short story” (Chicago Tribune). This year’s most beloved short fiction anthology is edited by the best-selling novelist Sue Miller, author of While I Was Gone, and, most recently, The World Below. The volume includes stories by Edwidge Danticat, Jill McCorkle, E. L. Doctorow, Arthur Miller, and Akhil Sharma, among others.

Comments: (6)

Kigabar
There are good stories in this book, no doubt. But, "Best" of 2002? Of the (I think I recall correctly) 20 short stories, eight are from The New Yorker. Perhaps The NYer prints many of the best short stories; in fact, they probably do - given their readership, pay scale, and authors they attract.
However, if you want to read The new Yorker just buy The New Yorker. If you want a variety of short stories from a variety of magazines, you won't find them in this book.
What you will find is a nice bibliography of all the magazines read by the editor and considered for publication in this touted series. As a new author, this is good. To me, it's a nice list of suggestions about where to submit stories. Even though those stories probably won't make it to this series, the bibliography suggests a degree of clout. I think this is important given how many magazines out there; the honed-down list can be useful. (This isn't the only place to find such a thing, but it is a way to see which magazines the editors of this series consulted.)
Another book, the annual Pushcart Prize selection, works similarly. The list of publications *they* used gives us a good lesson in small presses that aren't so small as to be ignored, yet too small to be viewed by _this_ series or a wide readership.
Basically, I feel this is a book for writers more than for readers. We learn what the editors are reading, where they are reading it, and what they are looking for. If you are a reader looking for a short story collection, I'd say skip it - despite, I'm sure, the many hours of reading and thought put in by the editor.
TheMoonix
great collection of stories
Dilkree
The Best American Short Stories series, edited in recent years by Katrina Kenison, remains the best source of diverse contemporary short fiction. Traditionally, the series editor selects 120 pieces from a wide range of commercial and literary publications, then passes them on to the guest editor, always a well-known writer. The guest editor - in this case Sue Miller - then selects what she believes are the best twenty. Although the guest editor is free to select stories he/she has discovered over the year and which aren't part of the package, few do. This year, the winners were filtered first through the subjective lens of Katrina Kenison, and then through that of Sue Miller. Readers should be aware that these aren't truly the "best" stories of the year, but only those judged so by two people. If you are like me, you WILL come across one or two of these stories that seem unworthy of inclusion; however, the rest will delight you.
Sue Miller wonders in her introduction if her personal imprint will be evident in her selections. She thinks not. However, there are several stories about animals, particularly cows and puppies, and about women unhappy or unsure in their new marriages. Most stories are traditionally told, rich in detail, with straightforward language. Stories from The New Yorker are well represented (eight out of the twenty), but Melissa Hardy's "The Heifer", originally published in Descant, is as engaging as those eight. Famous writers - Edwidge Danticat, Alice Munro, E. L. Doctorow - mingle with the lesser known talents of Mary Yukari Waters, Meg Mullins, and Karl Iagnemma. This is part of what makes this series so enjoyable, that new voices can stand proudly next to the masters'.
Especially when paired with the more experimental Pushcart Prize anthology, this book gives a good report on the trends of contemporary fiction. Look for forthcoming novels from some of the younger writers, as this series often brings them to the attention of book editors and agents.
I highly recommend The Best American Short Stories 2002 for anyone who enjoys reading short fiction. From Michael Chabon's "Along Frontage Road" to Richard Ford's "Puppy" to Mary Yukari Waters's "Aftermath", this book delivers, if not the promise of the title, then its spirit.
Meri
It feels somewhat churlish to complain about this collection of extremely well-written stories, but as it's claiming to be "America's Best," here goes...
Taken on their own, there is probably nothing wrong with any of these pieces. Michael Chabon has certainly done better work than 'Along the Frontage Road,' and Richard Russo has applied his tremendous ability to tales less pat and familiar than "The Puppy,' but these aren't bad stories. It's just that so many of them feel so similar. Reading too much of this book in one sitting creates a kind of mesmerizing monotony.
Some gems break the plodding pattern: Jhumpa Lahiri's grad student romance 'Noboby's Business,' fascinates, E.L. Doctrow's 'A House on the Plain' has more twisting plot than any three of his novels, and Beth Lordan's 'Digging' moves with wildly unexpected shifts in time and place -- an epic in miniature. Two stories about troubled mathematicians, 'Zilkowski's Theorem' and 'Nachman From Los Angeles,' also impress.
But overall this collection feels more exhausted than inspired. Perhaps this is the result of too many stories (eight out of twenty) plucked from The New Yorker, or the particular preferences of This-Year's-Name-Guest-Editor Sue Miller, but surely there must be more variety to American short fiction than the tales encountered here would indicate.
Anyshoun
I admire what Houghton Mifflin is trying to do with the Best American Series. But oftentimes I have to wonder about their selection of stories. Yes, most of the stories in this collection are good, and a few are even great, and a few are bad (Caroly Cooke's 'The Sugar-Tit'; Beth Lordan's "Digging"; Meg Mullins "The Rug"). Now here comes the but... But I don't know if you could call them the best of the year. When I started picking up these books a few years ago I was very excited, but as time goes on the stories sort of blend together. Someone below said 'creeping sameness'. I honestly can't say anything more apt about the collection.
It takes more than an impressive list of names to make a collection of the 'best of'.
mym Ђудęm ęгσ НuK
Some of these stories are boring but others are great so it's hard to rate them as a whole. Overall it was a good collection. I especially liked the story about father who took his son to the pumpkin patch.
The Best American Short Stories 2002 download epub
Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Katrina Kenison,Sue Miller
ISBN: 0618117490
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st edition (October 15, 2002)
Pages: 400 pages