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by Barbara Kingsolver


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She currently resides in Massachusetts. Paperback: 400 pages.

Kingsolver’s selections for The Best American Short Stories 2001 showcase a wide variety of new voices and masters, such as Alice Munro, Rick Moody, Dorothy West, and John Updike.

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.

In a lively introduction, she lays out three criteria for her selections: They’ve told me something remarkable, they are beautifully executed, and they are nested in truth. And most of the stories here do have something remarkable to tell. Rather than depicting the subtleties of everyday American life, these tales usually opt for more exotic subjects

Kingsolver’s selections for The Best American Short Stories 2001 . Reading these stories was both a distraction from and an anchor to the complexities of my life - my pleasure, my companionship, my salvation. Kingsolver’s selections for The Best American Short Stories 2001 showcase a wide variety of new voices and masters, such as Alice Munro, Rick Moody, Dorothy West, and John Updike.

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Eighteen short stories by famous and little known authors compassing the period 1839 - 1914. Summary by David Wales). For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit LibriVox.

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Thousands of great short stories can be found in American Literature's Short Story Library, including many of the greatest short stories ever written. Our collection continues to expand and we also feature a Short Story of the Day. This tender story - one of the most famous titles in the short story genre - is a must-read. This sentimental tale has a moral lesson and is widely enjoyed during Christmastime and the holiday season.

This year’s Best American Short Stories is edited by the critically acclaimed and best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, whose latest book is Prodigal Summer. Kingsolver’s selections for The Best American Short Stories 2001 showcase a wide variety of new voices and masters, such as Alice Munro, Rick Moody, Dorothy West, and John Updike. “Reading these stories was both a distraction from and an anchor to the complexities of my life — my pleasure, my companionship, my salvation. I hope they will be yours.” — Barbara Kingsolver

Comments: (7)

Gralinda
I love this series, and this 2001 is still my favorite. I lost our original so I bought it again. "The Apple Tree" is probably my favorite short story I've read. "Boys" is a short, fast roller-coaster of emotion and impact--breathtaking.. "Cowboy Chicken" is excellent. If you like short stories--get it!
Vetalol
This is a wonderful collection of short stories. Many of them are from small literary magazines, and I would have not encountered these stories and authors if Barbara Kingsolver had not assembled this great collection. In addition to some of my longtime favorite writers (John Updike, Alice Monro, Rick Bass), I met some new favorites: Roy Parvin, Annette Sanford, Peter Orner. The geographic scope of this collection is amazing--stories set in China, Russia, the Himalayas, Wales, just to mention a few. The diversity in narrative styles is pretty impressive too. This is now one of my best-loved collections of short stories.
Uaoteowi
I feel as though the Best American Series is hit or miss, though I still collect them and have about twenty-five years' worth. This, however, is one of my very favorites. Even Kingsolver's intro is worth reading -- she is real and honest and has a lot to say about writing that's worth reading. A number of great stories in this volume, too, especially M. Silver's "What I Saw From Where I Stood." Worth adding to your collection.
Pad
great book with interesting authors and stories
Zugar
The book was like new and the stories were top shelf. I'd like another book in the American Short Stories series that meet these high standards of quality .
Hulis
There is a solemn streak running through this collection. People die in most of the stories. The general idea seems to be that they are supposed to give us insights into human nature and, to be fair, they often succeed.
No science fiction is included. The editors don't say that this exclusion is a policy.It would be interesting to know whether any was considered. Is science fiction too frivolous? For me science fiction is the genre where I am most likely to read short stories rather than full length novels.
The word "American" is broadly interpreted; two stories are set in China, one in the Himalayas, one in Wales and one in Madagascar.
It's tempting to review a short story collection by picking out the ones I like best. In this case the five stars belong to the excellent Foreword by Katrina Kenison (who made the preliminary selection) and the Introduction by Barbara Kingsolver (who didn't have to work so hard) giving reasons we should read short stories and berating us for not doing so.
One reason I read collections like this is the hope of coming across a writer I didn't previously know and must rush out and read read more of. A problem with this collection for this particular purpose is that it contains work by well-known writers; one of the stories I liked best was by a writer whose every book is already on my shelves. The collections are also good for reading on flights with short hops (I bought this one at Logan Airport). For reading in bed or flying to California I need longer narratives.
Dagdalas
I have always loved the Best-American series. I think they're all excellent ways of tasting some of the best writing that comes out of America each year. Short stories have long been a favourite of mine and I find every year the Best American Short Stories are a joy to read. Not only are short stories perfect for modern American society where one rarely has time to sit down and finish a novel in a decent enough amount of time to remember the beginning when one reaches the end (as guest editor Kingsolver points out in her introduction), but these are the creme de la creme. Kingsolver did a wonderful job at picking them. I enjoyed every single one of them, some more than others of course, and I always come away with a list of books to check out (each author represented in the collection has a short bio and listing of works in the back of the book)... I definitely recommend this and the other Best American Short Stories books to everyone.
Kingsolver's introduction is well worth reading (much more thoughtful than Sue Miller's to the newest edition of B.A.S.S.). As always the collection is inconsistent, but there are some real winners: "Servants of the Map" by Andrea Barrett is a tour de force of a narrative with enough ideas and subtleties for a short novel; Rick Bass's "The Fireman" is heartbreakingly compelling; and a pair of stories about married couples and fertility (Elizabeth Graver's "The Mourning Door" and Marisa Silver's "What I Saw From Where I Stood") provide insight and feeling into an oft-experienced situation. Some clunker stories, of course, and very little experimental fiction at all, probably not a surprise given that Kingsolver made the choices. One piece of experimentation is "Boys" by Rick Moody, a clever but ultimately annoying tale that purports to follow the lives of twin boys but manages to cling to overly familiar stereotypes of male behavior. The collection is worth a read.
The Best American Short Stories 2001 (The Best American Series) download epub
Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0395926882
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Language: English
Publisher: Best American; 2001 ed. edition (October 10, 2001)
Pages: 402 pages