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New Stories from the South 2010: The Year's Best (New Stories from the South)

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Over the past twenty-five years, "New Stories from the South" has published the work of now well-known writers, including James Lee Burke, Andre Dubus, Barbara Kingsolver, John Sayles, Joshua Ferris, and Abraham Verghese and nurtured the talents of many others, including Larry Brown, Jill McCorkle, Brock Clarke, Lee Smith, and Daniel Wallace.
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ebook, 401 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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If you are not reading this annual publication, there is something seriously wrong with you! The beauty of the short story is that it's short -- you can dip into this volume of great fiction by writers with a Southern connection at will. Read the last one first, skip around! Whatever. Just read and enjoy some of the best writing from 2010. Once you start, you'll find it hard to stop, and yet you'll want to pause to think on what you just read before jumping into the next selection. Some stories ...more
Wendy Schauben
I loved this collection. My favorite short stories were the deep and depressing pieces like Evans “Someone Ought To Tell Her There’s Nowhere To Go” and Pederson’s “Small and Heavy World.” One of the lessons I learned while reading these short stories is the importance of character development. Especially when writing or reading a short story, the character needs to stand out,to grow, or to fall. For example, in Rash’s “The Ascent” Jared, a young boy of 10 realizes his parents are addicted to met ...more
Reading from these annual collections of short stories from Southern writers is a year-long delight. The book makes, not only good reading for yourself, but a good present or a night stand book in a guest room.
Notes for myself (not really a review, sorry folks) -

Brad Watson "Noon" "Visitation"
Danielle Evans "Someone Ought to Tell Her There's Nowhere To Go" (Miley Cyrus, Iraqi vet, mall scheme)
Megan Mayhew Bergman "The Cow That Milked Herself" (veterinarians, pregnancy)
Emily Quinlan "The Green Belt" (party gone bad - quick, smart)
Stepehn Marion "The Coldest Night of the Twentieth Century" (prison outbreak, Lysol drunk)
Padgett Powell "Cry For Help From France" (self-explanatory)
Kenneth C
a mix, of course. typical southern themes, but all well done. Interesting - added a statement from each author about what inspired each story.
Mark Bell
The entire collection is deserving of a read. Other reviews have selected and explained their reasons for highlighting favorite stories and I have one as well.
Nightblooming by Kenneth Calhoun deserves extra kudos for his choice of narrator, characters and plot. An outsider, with only one thing in common with the group,makes for the perfect narrator. He stands aloof from the plot at times and other times the plot forces him into the group interaction. A masterful tale of lining up to die. Old age
This is an interesting collection. It made me question what it means be a Southern writer and what qualifies as Southern fiction. It's more than a physical locale; it's an emotional attachment to either a real or an imagined landscape that is both comic and tragic. Well worth reading.
Liked this collection-- more than Best American and probably more than Pen/O'Henry... several repeats from those anthologies in here. Liked "Discovered America" and "This Trembling Earth" and "Nightblooming". And definitely NOT "Drive". Story stories with nothing to prove.
adam atlas is good. but my god these stories are super sad, super graphic, some gems, but cut you like broken glass. the kind that hurts. amy hempel, you're one sick puppy, which is a good thing i guess, keep up the good work. now i gotta go get a bandaid.
Elizabeth Ruth
Zomg yum yum yum. I am now officially committed to reading this series every year. This is a particularly good collection. I try to get rid of books after I have read them, but I will be hanging on to this book.
Check the Southern Literary Trail club for the full discovery read. Here is the link.

The thread contains a review of every story as well as individual story ratings.

This was hit or miss, but I hope it widens the audience for the always excellent stories of Ann Pancake, Kevin Wilson, and Wells Tower. I also look forward to reading more by Emily Quinlan.
Richard Thomas
Really loved this, becoming a big Ron Rash fan, "Ascent" was fantastic. This collection often gets overlooked, but it shouldn't. Three from this collection made it into the BASS as well.
Overall, I liked these stories but really thought the best ones started with Marjorie Kemper's "Discovered America". Tim Gautreaux is always a pleasure to read, as well.
Pretty good selection. B A Johnston's Caiman is poignant and terse and just perfect, but there are others that are pretty good also.
Mary Jo
Excellent anthology. If you like short stories, get this book! I didn't see any "misses" in the quality. Consistently good.
Amy Turner
Read for the Duke Libraries bookclub. I liked most of the stories, though they tended toward the dark and depressing.
Samantha Allen
This collection of stories makes me immensely sad that I'm not a Southerner myself.
I liked some of the stories in this collection, but not all.
I ended up skipping most of the stories :(.
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Amy Hempel is an American short story writer, journalist, and university professor at Brooklyn College. Hempel was a former student of Gordon Lish, who eventually helped her publish her first collection of short stories. Hempel has been published in Harper's, Vanity Fair, GQ, and Bomb. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Ambassador Book Award in 2007, the Rea Award for ...more
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