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The Best American Short Stories 2011 (The Best American Series) Kindle Edition
Twenty of the best American short stories of 2011, chosen by the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Chord.
The twenty tightly crafted stories collected here by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Geraldine Brooks are full of deftly drawn characters, universal truths, and often 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 “Phantoms.” Allegra Goodman’s spare but beautiful “La Vita Nuova” finds a jilted fiancée 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 “Ceiling,” her story of a wealthy young man who is not entirely at ease with what his life has become.
As Brooks perused 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.
The Best American Short Stories 2011 also includes contributions from:
--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 --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
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.
- ASIN : B005GLXUB4
- Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2011th edition (October 4, 2011)
- Publication date : October 4, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1317 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #160,349 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Some top authors are represented, including Jennifer Egan, Rebecca Makkai, Elizabeth McCracken, Richard Powers, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Joyce Carol Oates.
• "ID" by Joyce Carol Oates was so raw, realistic, and tragic that it felt as if it scraped my soul.
• "Foster" by Claire Keegan just took my breath away—and then I immediately bought two books of her short stories.
• "Ceiling," by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was the basis for her bestselling book "Americanah."
• "To the Measures Fall" is such a complete and ingenious story that it feels like a full novel.
If you love to read short stories, treat yourself to this. It's a gem!
Bonus: Both Geraldine Brooks's "Introduction" at the beginning of the book and the "Contributors' Notes" at the end of the book are fascinating and insightful. Do take the time to read them.