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With sales for last year's volume reaching the highest level ever, The Best American Short Stories continues to grow in popularity and acclaim. This year's guest editor, Tobias Wolff, has assembled a lively collection that is certain to secure the series' place on bestseller lists across the nation. Includes stories by Thom Jones, Carol Anshaw, Chris Offutt and many more.
Paperback, 364 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Houghton Mifflin (first published November 3rd 1994)
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Chad Bearden
May 27, 2011 Chad Bearden rated it really liked it
Tobias Wolff brought a strong, if not flashy, batch of short stories for the 1994 edition of "The Best American Short Stories." If there is any general weakness in this volume of the stalwart anthology, its a similarity in tone from the first story to the last. Lost of rural middle American everymen confronting death, with several, almost clockwork diversions to Eastern Asia. Following are shot capsule reviews of each story, from my least favorite to my most favorite...

It seems that every year t
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Alison
Requires reading for Advanced Creative Writing class freshman year at Monmouth College-- a collection the introduced me to the amazing power of the contemporary short story (and to several outstanding writers). (And made me want to be a writer.)
Most memorable:
"This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," Sherman Alexie
"Hammam," Carol Anshaw
"In the Gloaming," Alice Elliott Dark
"We Didn't," Stuart Dybek
"The Melungeons," Chris Offutt
Tami Kelley
Jun 04, 2015 Tami Kelley rated it it was amazing
Love these! Especially when traveling!
Kimberly Faith
Jul 14, 2011 Kimberly Faith rated it it was amazing
This was the best edit of annual stories I've yet to experience with this series. Then again, I'm old fashioned, so if you love what I love read onward. I not only loved most of the stories but they were craft missiles. Leave it to the brilliant Tobias Wolff to be as swell of a reader and editor as he is a writer. I gleaned so much from sitting down with these and turning them over in my mind later. That said, I'm pained to pick a favorite. I recommend the whole of the collection.
Kasandra
Dec 19, 2012 Kasandra rated it liked it
Definitely a mixed bag, but the stories in here that are great are so wonderful that the book is worth keeping. Stuart Dybek's "We Didn't" is still in my head 2 weeks later. I also really liked Sherman Alexie's, Ann Cummins' "Where I Work", Carolyn Ferrell's, Nancy Krusoe's "Landscape and Dream" (chilling), and Jonathan Wilson's "Shanghai" (amazing).
Melissa
Mar 29, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
This is a really good collection. Read "Some Other, Better Otto" and "Accomplice" and especially "Intervention."
If a short story collection is bad, it leaves me horribly disappointed. So I don't risk it often, but the Best American series are usually decent.
Cathy
May 17, 2008 Cathy added it
Shelves: wishlist
Salem
Pipa's Story
In the gloaming Alice Elliott Dark
We didn't Stuart Dybek
Proper library Carolyn Ferrell
Nicodemus bluff Barry Hannah
Cold snap Thom Jones

Alyssa
May 17, 2007 Alyssa rated it liked it
Favorites:
In the Gloaming, by Alice Elliott Dark
The Voyage Out, by John Rolfe Gardiner
The Chasm, by John Keeble
Things Left Undone, by Christopher Tilghman
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Sep 12, 2007 Brendan McAuliffe rated it it was ok
I used to read this every year, before I decided that was a waste of time
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Stuart Dybek, “We Didn't”
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Tobias Jonathan Ansell Wolff is a writer of fiction and nonfiction.

He is best known for his short stories and his memoirs, although he has written two novels.

Wolff is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, where he has taught classes in English and creative writing since 1997. He also served as the director of the Creative Writ
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