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Short Story Masterpieces by American Women Writers

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Fourteen short works of fiction by noteworthy American women authors offer entrancing tales of redemption, betrayal, tradition, and rebellion. Dating from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, these narratives range in mood from "Heat," Joyce Carol Oates's chilling tale of murder, to "Why I Live at the P.O.," Eudora Welty's comic monologue in the Southern Gothic ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 20th 2014 by Dover Publications (first published August 14th 2013)
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Erin
Jun 18, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
ARC for review.

*****A brief check-in to say that I am LOVING this book. If you are a short story person, put it on your list!

No hyperbole in the title....these really are masterpieces. You know, when you are in college you tend to read lots of different short stories by many different authors (thank you Norton Anthologies. Or not.). And then, you get older and unless you are a better person than me and read the types of cool magazines that still purchase and print short fiction (God bless them..
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Nikolas
Nov 08, 2016 Nikolas rated it it was amazing
Fascinating reading the differences in women through several centuries: the authors and their characters. Especially interesting the contributions to African American and Native American histories.
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This anthology is exactly what it purports to be - a collection of short fiction written by well-known and slightly lesser-known female literary figures. The stories are entertaining and accessible, of various genres and complexity, and the very short introductions at the beginning of each do a good job placing the works and their authors in the context of the larger picture. It is an altogether brilliant method of sampling the work
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Claudia Blanton
Jun 12, 2014 Claudia Blanton rated it liked it
When approaching short story collections, I usually look for a compelling theme, something that ties them together. Here the only thing that ties these stories together is, that they are written by women. Culturally and stylishly the individual stories have nothing in common, having a female as their lead in not enough to create a common thread.
Individually speaking, some of these stories are riveting, others are simply included because they were written by women, it seemed, neither fitting in q
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Mandy
Jun 13, 2014 Mandy rated it it was amazing
This new anthology of 14 stories by acclaimed American women authors follows on from an earlier volume from the same publisher entitled Great Short Stories by American Women. This new collection has stories from famous names such as Edith Wharton and Alice Walker, but also offers one from the now little remembered Constance Fenimore Wilson, a great friend of Henry James, and the virtually unknown Mary E Wilkins Freeman. So there’s much variety of style and subject matter to be enjoyed here, and ...more
Melissa
Dec 02, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing

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One of the most common comments that I get from people when find out that I review books and have a blog is that they don’t have time to read. If you truly want to work more reading into your schedule and lack the time, then I highly recommend giving short stories a try. Even if you read for only 5 minutes a day, you will be exposed to some fantastic writing, especially in this collection of SHORT STORY MASTERPIECES BY
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Laura
Mar 19, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
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I'm not always a big fan of short stories, but I really enjoyed this collection. There were a few stories that I didn't love, but most of them were really enjoyable. I also thought there was a good mix of stories and authors. Overall, is was definitely worth reading.

Received from NetGalley.
Noah
Nov 17, 2014 Noah rated it really liked it
Best collection of short stories I have ever read. Usually I like a couple but find many short stories frustrating or pointless. I enjoyed almost every story in this collection, highly recommended!
Marjorie
Aug 16, 2014 Marjorie rated it it was amazing
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This book was even better than I had thought. The short stories inside were very good. I enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend it to all.
Joe
Jan 13, 2016 Joe rated it liked it
I got this book free through Goodreads giveaways.

I enjoyed a few of the stories, but overall not an exceptional collection.
Pam Thomas
Jul 06, 2014 Pam Thomas rated it it was amazing
I liked this book, its about short story writers who are universally acknowledge because they wrote classics which make lasting impressions using imagination and intensity and ar rich in genre.
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Enjoyed these short stories by so many female literary giants.
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Incredible gems by American Women Writers. So happy I'm getting a chance to read these.
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What a collection of stories. What craft.
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