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The Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses

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In The Pushcart Prize XXXV more than sixty selections of brilliant short stories, essays, and poetry have been picked from thousands of nominations. This is a communal effort by the Pushcart Press staff, contributing editors, and hundreds of small presses. For this edition distinguished poets Julie Sheehan and Tom Sleigh served as poetry editors. The result is an introduct ...more
Hardcover, 580 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Pushcart Press (first published November 2nd 2010)
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Apr 18, 2012 Alisha marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
It looks like this will be a book full of decent poetry and fiction. That being said, I am a bit turned off by the Luddite attitude of the editor. Apparently anything but a traditionally bound text is a "fake" book. He comes off as so extremely elitist it's little wonder people think me pretentious when they find out I write poetry.
May 13, 2015 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shortstories, essays
This was not my favorite Pushcart entry, but there were still more standouts than in most other anthologies:

Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre, by Seth Fried
The Cousins, by Charles Baxter
Lores of Last Unicorns, by Jen Hirt
Fem Care, by Elliott Holt
Shelter, by Susan Perabo
The Watermark, by Susan McCallum-Smith
Pet, by Deb Olin Unferth
Mot, by Sarah Einstein
Nancy Newcomer
Aug 25, 2015 Nancy Newcomer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some excellent short stories, both fiction and nonfiction here.
Jun 02, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really pleased with the poetry selections in this year's pushcart anthology. There were the usual big hitters: Chase Twitchell, Paul Muldoon and Louise Gluck, but also a few poets I've not heard of, and I read contemporary poetry pretty widely. My favorite: "The Problem of Water" by Emily Toder, originally published in Sixth Finch. Favorite line: "The second problem of water/ is that it is tempting for people/ to give birth in it" and, "/Water is often offered/ after there has been a human ...more
May 27, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, poems
As the cover states "There is nothing quite like this labor of love...". The Best of Small Pesses, big writings.

Of course, as with all books of this type, you don't love every story, every poem. But there are many that will languish in my memory, a few I will even pass on to others.

I'm not usually a poem-person, to literal for all that, but there are a few in this genre that also spoke loudly to me.
Jun 26, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to pack this book to move, so I'm marking it "read."

I'm kind of reading this off and on. I don't know that I'll finish the whole thing. But I'll at least read a representative sample before I mark it as "read." (Read in past tense if this is marked as "read.")
Karen Carlson
The fiction is outstanding. Detailed Comments on each story plus summary (with possible spoilers) available at A Just Recompense
Nathan Machart

Good collection of short stories, although a few I skipped. Anthony Dooer's The River Nemunas stands out, a great telling of a young boy's path from the grief of the loss of his parents.
I will never again miss the chance to read the annual Pushcart Prize book, cover to cover. "Best of the small presses" is exactly what this book delivers ... to a reader's delight.
Jul 20, 2016 DilanAc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Jess Row story "Sheep May Safely Graze" absorbed me as did the Deb Olin Unfert "Pet" story. This looks to be one of the best Pushcart collections in a number of years.
Samantha Allen
Apr 21, 2012 Samantha Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-class
Everything in this anthology won a Pushcart Prize... what more can I say, really? This was my first time reading a Pushcart collection, and now I'm kind of obsessed.
Feb 12, 2011 Aran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, short-fiction
You know... some fine, some bad, some interesting. The fine, the bad, and the interesting.
Amanda Unger
Sep 26, 2012 Amanda Unger is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The first story, "Phantoms," is one of the best short stories I have ever read!
Aug 01, 2012 Joseph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite piece was "The Caul of Inshallah" by Mohja Kahf.
Brandi Larsen
There's a reason these are award-winning stories. Wow.
R. Scott Anderson MD
The essential short works collection of the year.
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