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The Best American Short Stories 2010 (The Best American Series by Richard Russo
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Mar 01, 12

Read from February 22 to March 01, 2012

This is the first collection of Best American Short Stories that I have read, and I was pretty disappointed. I really enjoyed some of the stories, specifically "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach" by Karen Russell and "The Cowboy Tango" by Maggie Shipstead. Some of the stories in this collection do have heart, but the majority lack originality, vision, and even authenticity. Maybe it's a problem with the editor of this edition, but it does not make me feel very optimistic about the state of American writing if this was the best they could come up with.
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Laura I almost wrote your last sentence word for word in my own review :)


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