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Contents: Fenstad's Mother / Charles Baxter -- Customs of the country / Madison Smartt Bell -- Living to be a hundred / Robert Boswell -- Black hand girl / Blanche McCrary Boyd -- Kubuku Rides (This is it) / Larry Brown -- Ralph the Duck / Frederick Busch -- White angel / Michael Cunningham -- Flowers of boredom / Rick DeMarinis -- Edie: a life / Harriet Doerr -- Concert p ...more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Houghton Mifflin
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Margie
Jul 16, 2008 Margie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Margie by: Mary Jo
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More enjoyable than the 2007 collection.
Ryan
Jun 09, 2016 Ryan rated it liked it
Appropriately for an Atwood-curated collection, the Canadians really shone this time around, with Munro and Gallant contributing some of their absolute best work. However, on the whole, I found this set of stories to be simply very good, as opposed to amazing or classic. (Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy them!)

My favorites of the bunch, in rough order of preference:

Alice Munro - "Meneseteung"
Mavis Gallant - "The Concert Party"
Charles Baxter - "Fenstad's Mother"
Frederick Busch - "Ralph the Duck"
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Cindy R
Feb 09, 2016 Cindy R rated it liked it
I'm not a short story person but I enjoyed this compliation more than most. The two stories that struck but the most, and gave me a few out loud laughs, were "Strays" and "The Boy on the Train."
Cherry
Nov 12, 2015 Cherry rated it really liked it
Among the twenty stories included, I found five which are worth reading. They are:

Customs of the Country by Madison Smart Bell
White Angel by Michael Cunningham
Edie: A Life by Harriet Doerr
The Management of Grief by Bharati Mukherjee
The Boy on the Train by Arthur Robinson

And yes, do read the introduction by the editor.


Tara
Feb 13, 2008 Tara rated it it was amazing
I generally like the best american series and so have no complaints. this one in particular was really, really good though! i read all the stories except 4 and thought they were spectacular. i was inspired to check out some books by authors i'd never before heard of -- like harriet doerr and blanche mccrary boyd. i was surprised to read michael cunningham's short story "white angel" in here, which is the opening scene of the movie "home at the end of the world" (which was also pretty great)
Kim
Aug 21, 2008 Kim rated it liked it
I've read a few american short stories books and picked this one because it was edited by Margaret Atwood. A few of these stories were really great.
Julie [Kaskade]
Mar 15, 2008 Julie [Kaskade] rated it it was amazing
I love short stories, and this annual collection is always a must read every year.
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, childr
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