The Best American Short Stories 1993
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The Best American Short Stories 1993 (The Best American Short Stories)

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Short Stories by Andrea Lee, Thom Jones, John Updike, Mary Gordon, Joanna Scott, Diane Johnson, Antonya Nelson, Harlan Ellison, and Alice Munro.

Foreword --
Introduction / Louise Erdrich --
Playing with dynamite / John Updike --
The girl on the plane / Mary Gaitskill --
A real life / Alice Munro --
Silent passengers / Larry Woiwode --
Queen Wintergreen / Alice Fulton --
The man w...more
Paperback, 395 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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Emily Green
Some fabulous stories in this volume, though not really any discoveries. The ones that I loved the best, I'd already read, such as "Terrific Mother" by Lorrie Moore and "Charlotte" by Tony Earley.

Some of the other stories were not as entertaining. Updike's "Playing with Dynamite," which opens the anthology, was not just boring, but the self-indulgent character tells a self-indulgent story. For the life of me, I can't understand why a story as boring and pointless and boring as "Man, Woman and B...more
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The girl on the plane Mary Gaitskill
Silent passengers Larry Woiwode
The man who rowed Christopher Columbus ashore Harlan Ellison Poltergeists Jane Shapiro
Red moccasins Sn Power
I want to live! Thom Jones
Great Barrier Reef Diane Johnson
Terrific mother Lorrie Moore
Chad Bearden
It may have just been the mood I was in, but I found myself almost 100% dialed in to every story in the volume. One comes to expect a certain high standard from the Best American series, but there is typically a spectrum of enjoyment to be found. A few really great stories, a few above average, a few 'meh'. Hardly ever a bad one. But whether it was my state-of-mind, or the possibilty that something was in the air in 1993, this is easily my favorite of the nine (or so) volumes I've read.

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I bought The Best American Short Stories 2007, 1993, & 1995 at Pranga (a local used book store) and the others I bought during their respective years of publication. They inspire me because the stories are great, and other times I'm inspired because the stories are lousy, and they piss me off for the same reasons. As of 3-14-08 I've read 90% of 2007, 50% of '93 & '95, and 100% of the others. I added them all to goodreads on the same night with the same review because I am lazy and addres...more
Jul 06, 2007 HeavyReader rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like short stories
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I really like this series. I don't like every story in every collection (or course), but i have read some really good fiction in this book and the others in this series.
Every story in this book was wonderful.
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Karen Louise Erdrich is a American author of novels, poetry, and children's books. Her father is German American and mother is half Ojibwe and half French American. She is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation (also known as Chippewa). She is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant Native writers of the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renais...more
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