The Best American Short Stories 1999
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I really enjoyed this one. The character and those around him were described so realistically I felt like I was there on the train with The Professor. Having commuted via train for a good portion of my career, I completely get "knowing" those on the train and platform that take the same train. I would recognize certain people and if they weren't there one day, it felt like the day was "off" somehow.
Which was captured perfectl ...more
Plus, this book was a thrift store find for me, and it has special significance because it's inscribed with beauti ...more
...and the stories are good, too, natch.
When something changes within the ordinary it can both throw us off and also create an adventure.
Paraphrasing what Levar Burton asks at the beginning of this reading: What do you do when something changes/upsets within your routine?
I loved several of the stories in here - "The Piano Tuner" by Tim Gautreaux, "Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter" by Chitra Divakaruni, and "The 5:22" by George Harrar. It's always so wonderful to see how each edition varies from on ...more
Worst story by far: "Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter". What an incredibly unthoughtful, tepid and prosaic work of fiction.
I’m on the 22nd episode of LeVar Burton Reads, and gifted with “The 5:22” by George Harrar.
Stephen King said, “I think reality is thin, you know, thin as lake ice after a thaw, and we fill our lives with noise and light and motion to hide that thinness from ourselves.” I love when writers take on ...more
Favorites in rough order of preference:
* Jhumpa Lahiri - "Interpreter of Maladies"
* Alice Munro - "Save the Reaper"
* N ...more
This collection also features Melissa Hardy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Lorrie Moore, and Annie Proulx, to name a few.
I look forward to reading more in this series.
Now on to the 2000 Best American Short Stories. Fingers crossed it will be as good as this one.
My favorites, and authors I would like to check out are...
- Marry the One Who Gets There First by Pam Houston (from 'Other Voices', really liked style of writing, definitely see what else she has written) **** */*
- Ms. Dutta Writes a Letter by Chitra Dinakaruni (published in 'The Atlantic Monthly', good story, check out other stories/books) ***
- The 5:22 by George Harrar (published in 'Story', check out other st ...more
Stephen Dobyns’s Kansas is another standout, which I can’t really describe without spoiling the effect.
Nathan Englander’s The Tumblers involves a small Jewish community tryin ...more
The Hermit's Story is one of those "man's relationship with nature" stories that manages to maintain a convincing tone of wonder and suspense throughout the story.
The Sun, The Moon, The Stars is one of my favorite stories and my first introduction to Junot Diaz. The style is raw and real, and the plot so typically human.
The 5:22 is simple, feel-good short fiction that builds character well and then shakes it up wonderfully.
The Best Girlfriend You Never Had is a rambling sto ...more
By far, TSTMTS is my favorite Diaz short story. In fact, I read it aloud to myself occasionally (just read it aloud a few nights ago). Whenever I re-read this story, I'm in heaven and I feel like I'm spoiling myself. I used to carry around a copy of the story with me for a while.
I think (don't quote me) Diaz said that after he finished writing TSTMTS that he was shaking.
God, the writin ...more
She has written several other books, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hun ...more