The Best American Short Stories 1999 (The Best American Short Stories)
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...and the stories are good, too, natch.
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
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.
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
Worst story by far: "Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter". What an incredibly unthoughtful, tepid and prosaic work of fiction.
Hermit's Story Rick Bass
the Sun, the moon, the stars Junot Diaz
Piano tuner Tim Gautreaux
Uncharted heart Melissa Hardy
The 5:22 George Harrar
Islands A. Hemon
Best girlfriend you never had Pam Houston
In the kindergarten Ha Jin
Marry the one who gets there first Heidi Julavits
Live life king-sized Hester Kaplan
Africans Sheilia Kohler
Interpreter of maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Real estate Lorrie Moore ...more
She has written several other books, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hun ...more