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The preeminent short fiction series since 1915, The Best American Short Stories is the only annual that offers the finest works chosen by a distinguished best-selling guest editor. This year, E. Annie Proulx's selection includes dazzling stories by Tobias Wolff, Donald Hall, Cynthia Ozick, Robert Stone, Junot Diaz, and T. C. Boyle as well as an array of stunning new talent ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 31st 1997 by Houghton Mifflin (first published September 9th 1997)
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Alex
Mar 15, 2008 Alex rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Barton
Jul 27, 2010 Lisa Barton is currently reading it
This is not what I am reading. The computer suggested this one for me.
My beach read last week was "US magazine"... Anyone wanna know the name of the married man whom Jessica Simpson is currently dating? I now have all the answers. Using Shanil's rating system I would give the latest addition of US magazine a strong "1". What can I say - my literary selections are not always the most intellectually stimulating. Must be the pregnancy brain.
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Mar 15, 2008 Ariel rated it liked it
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Under the Pitons by Robert Stone is possibly the best short story I've ever read. Stone has said that he learned not to throw the conflict in the plot in too early or too late, but in this work he weaves it in masterfully until, like the characters, paranoia sets in and you don't know where the true threat is until it's too late. The emotion is palpable, as is the pessimistic and wry despair of the main character, whose ultimate resignation to his fate smacks of the black hu
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Ursula
Jul 03, 2009 Ursula rated it liked it
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The best thing about The Best American Short Stories publications is that it usually provides an eclectic mix of contemporary fiction. For the sake of variety and creativity, these collections are worthy reads. Of the 21 stories collected only about eight are memorable. The best short story of all time (I've stood by this claim for over a decade) is one by Jeffrey Eugenides titled "Air Mail." Other memorable stories in the book include works by T.C Boyle, Leonard Michaels, Karen E. Bender, Richa ...more
SmarterLilac
Feb 12, 2009 SmarterLilac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My all-time favorite Best American Short Stories collection. From the shocking 'Killing Babies,' the heartwrenching 'Powder,' to the etheral 'Missing Women,' these stories are masterful. This was one of the books that got me interested in short fiction again (but reading and composing) after a half decade of not caring.
Rachel
Oct 30, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok
Only read Robert Stone’s UNDER THE PITONS, upon recommendation from my mom. Can understand why she liked it - just such an awful scenario with stoned, paranoid drug dealers causing their own demise in the Carribbean. But I didn’t enjoy it. . ...more
Jenneffer
Jan 07, 2009 Jenneffer rated it liked it
Each of these collections is so different from the other due to the guest editor. I just discovered this, but maybe it's already known in the literary world...The 1998 edition with Garrison Keillor as editor sets a much different tone than this 1997 edited by Annie Proulx...so far I like them both
Chip
Mar 20, 2010 Chip rated it liked it
Better than average, and average is usually pretty good. TC Boyle, Leonard Michaels, Ha Jin were my favorites from this issue.
Pete Iseppi
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A solid collection of short stories. Worthwhile.
Dave Kaatz
Jan 04, 2015 Dave Kaatz rated it really liked it
Excellent Robert Stone, T. C. Boyle, Tim Gatreaux, Karen Bender stories. If you like short fiction, highly recommended.
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May 17, 2015 Melissa Smith rated it it was amazing
What a great way to read for pleasure while I'm studying. I love short stories. I don't have the time to commit to novels so I can pick this up when I have a little time to spare.
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Edna Annie Proulx is an American journalist and author. Her second novel, The Shipping News (1993), won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for fiction in 1994. Her short story "Brokeback Mountain" was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture released in 2005. Brokeback Mountain received massive c
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