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The Best American Short Stories 1988 (The Best American Short Stories)

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The most popular annual short story anthology includes contributions from thebest-known writers as well as new talents.
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published October 24th 1988 by Houghton Mifflin
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Marci
Sep 28, 2011 Marci rated it it was amazing
where I discovered Rick Bass
Ryan
May 22, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another strong set of stories. Whatever one thinks about Helprin's opinions, he knows the difference between a good story and a great one -- in fact, he anonymized the authors' names during his selection process to avoid any personal biases -- and so this edition was loaded with riches. My favorites, in rough order of preference:

Raymond Carver - "Errand"
Rick Bass - "Cats and Students, Bubbles and Abysses"
Robert Stone - "Helping"
Ralph Lombreglia - "Inn Essence"
C. S. Godshalk - "Wonderland"
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David B
Dec 27, 2013 David B rated it really liked it
I can't agree with guest editor Mark Helprin on all of his choices in this edition of the venerable anthology series (such as Robert Lacy's "The Natural Father"), but there is certainly some excellent reading here. For my money, the highlights are "Entrechat," by Edith Milton and "The Water-Faucet Vision," by Gish Jen .
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Jun 07, 2013 David Bonesteel rated it really liked it
I can't agree with guest editor Mark Helprin on all of his choices in this edition of the venerable anthology series (such as Robert Lacy's "The Natural Father"), but there is certainly some excellent reading here. For my money, the highlights are "Entrechat," by Edith Milton and "The Water-Faucet Vision," by Gish Jen .
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Jan 03, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
So many people hurt their spouses by not communicating their feelings in full. Children often see right through adults.


Not part of my review: I always like it when Eddie rolls his eyes and waves me away when I ask for the price on something absurd like a beat up and dog eared copy of The Best American Short Stories of 1988.
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Jul 07, 2009 Kai Sousa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This was an interesting gift from a stranger. Got to talking to the man next to me on the bus one day about books and authors and he gave me this book as he was getting off the bus.
Rudy
Sep 21, 2009 Rudy rated it liked it
The Water-Faucet Vision by Gish Jen is exquisite.
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