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America's best-selling story anthology, featuring guest editor John Updike.
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published October 15th 1984 by Houghton Mifflin (first published June 1st 1984)
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Jakon Hays
Dec 22, 2011 Jakon Hays rated it really liked it
I’m letting out a deep sigh I as write this closing for “The Best American Short Stories 1984”.


I had such high hopes for myself when I started this anthology. I felt that I would attack it and read through it with all the gusto as say…the John Gardner edited anthology.


Perhaps I didn’t want to finish this collection. Honestly, the stories collected here by Updike were outstanding. Collected, I think I have enjoyed them the most of all the BASS I have read to this date.


Of course, I did wonderful j
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Ryan
Apr 10, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it
A major improvement over Anne Tyler's editorial turn: almost uniformly top-notch work, and satisfyingly varied, too. My favorites, in rough order of preference:

Donald Justice - "The Artificial Moonlight" (the standout for me)
Paul Bowles - "In the Red Room"
Mavis Gallant - "Lena"
James Salter - "Foreign Shores"
Madison Smartt Bell - "The Naked Lady"
Lee K. Abbott - "The Final Proof of Fate and Circumstance"
Joyce Carol Oates - "Nairobi"

And a few honorable mentions:
Cynthia Ozick - "Rosa"
Wright Morris -
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John Hoyer Updike was an American writer. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered). Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike. Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class," Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, ...more
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