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Each fall The Best American Short Stories provides a fresh showcase for this rich and unpredictable form. Selected from an unusually wide variety of publications, John Edgar Wideman's choices for 1996 place stories from esteemed national magazines alongside those from some of the smallest and most innovative literary journals. Dazzling new work from favorite authors includ ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 1996)
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Paul
So far Driving the Heart by Jason Brown is the best story. It's about a kid employeed as a courier who delivers donated transplant parts to hospitals, mostly at night. Every hour he has to make a call to determine if the patient waiting is still alive.
Heather
I am solely giving this 4 stars because I have been in love with the short story "JEALOUS HUSBAND RETURNS IN FORM OF PARROT" by Robert Olen Butler for 15 years. This is the first book I read it in. It is another example of masterful narrative ventriloquism. I love it.
SmarterLilac
The first collection I read in this series. Contains one of the best short stories I've ever found, 'Some Say the World' (brilliant) and a personal favorite short story, 'The Incredible Appearing Man.'
Aniko
A mixed bag, as collections tend to be. Some really good stories, and some that I could hardly get myself through...
Laura Lawhon
I enjoyed all of these and hope to buy more of these collections. I've always been a fan of the short story.
Marc
This rating is for the story DRIVING THE HEART.
Loralee
Where my love for Stuart Dybek truly began.
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A widely-celebrated writer and the winner of many literary awards, he is the first to win the International PEN/Faulkner Award twice: in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday and in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. In 2000 he won the O. Henry Award for his short story "Weight", published in The Callaloo Journal.

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