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Best Stories of the American West, Volume I

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Here is the first in a series of collections of the best contemporary writing to come from the American West---short stories by a diverse group of writers---young and old, male and female, well-known and not-so-known. And for the first time there appears, side-by-side with these, the work of so-called “traditional” Western writers, such as Max Evans and Elmer Kelton, and t ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Forge Books
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Scott Pierce
Jul 22, 2015 Scott Pierce rated it really liked it
Good collection of stories.

One I liked was "Sudden Death, Over Time." Story about a man and wife putting in postholes together, but mostly about the man and his memory, and his peace at his life and how his choices have worked out. "One of the problems with leaving the academy and moving back to the place you were raised is that your self slides back to a time before it had tenure." And the ending is nice, "It's probably good - for the sake of my birthday celebration - that Angel's staked out a
Keith Wilson
Jul 19, 2014 Keith Wilson rated it really liked it
There are some very strong short stories from multiple viewpoints that is that multicultural caldron, the American West. My favorite was Confession for Raymond Good Bird by Melanie Rae Thon. I couldn't get through the Elmer Leonard, yea, I know, he's a great story-teller, but I never have been able to get into his work.
Apr 22, 2013 Jack rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
Great book, but I felt a little deceived by the title. I expected classic Westerns, after all Elmer Kelton and Elmore Leonard are listed on the cover. There's a cowboy on a horse for crying out loud. What I got was stories that were all over the place. Probably 85% were set in this century, many in the last couple of decades. To make matters worse, some of them were set in urban locations. So, if you're looking for what I consider Western's, you'll be disappointed. The saving grace is that the s ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
Jun 19, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I read excerpts from this compilation for a class on literature and the American West in fall 2008, eventually writing a paper on John Sayles's short story "Dillinger in Hollywood." The stories in this book are freaking amazing. I came to tears several times. If you want to know what the western has become, look no further.
Sep 19, 2007 Michael rated it liked it
Like any book of short stories (especially those by multiple authors), there are definite highs and lows here. The best stories were by Sherman Alexie, Elmer Kelton, John Rember, Johnny D. Boggs, and Pete Fromm. Not quite what I was expecting (most stories are set in the present), but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
David Ward
Sep 21, 2015 David Ward rated it liked it
Shelves: westerns, fiction
Best Stories of the American West Volume I by Marc Jaffe (Tom Doherty Associates 2007)(Fiction - Western) is a book of twenty selected Western stories of which about five are really well written. "Snow Cave" by Pete Fromm is especially moving. My rating: 6/10, finished 10/6/12.
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