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The Best American Short Stories 2007 by Stephen King
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Nov 30, 2007

did not like it
Read in November, 2007

I love the idea of Stephen King editing this collection, but I had a really hard time mustering any interest in the majority of these stories. Alice Munro's story is brilliant. Besides that, there were a few that were okay, and then there were some that I was completely disappointed by.

Eileen Pollacks' story "The Bris," for example, is based on an interesting idea--a son goes to tend to his dying father, only to find out that in fact his father is not Jewish, as he had always believed, and that his father wants to be circumcised so that he can be buried next to his wife. A fine idea. But then this sentence occurs in the second paragraph: "And so, with a heavy carry-on and an even heavier heart, Marcus flew to West Palm Beach." And it becomes clear that however interesting the idea is, the language and the writing just aren't going to do much.

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