The Best American Short Stories 2015

56205633be1e5.jpg Author Heidi Pitlor and T.C. Boyle
Isbn 9780547939407
File size 1.5 MB
Year 2015
Pages 416
Language English
File format EPUB
Category Novels

Book Description:

In his introduction to this one hundredth volume of the beloved Best American Short Stories, guest editor T. C. Boyle writes, “The Model T gave way to the Model A and to the Ferrari and the Prius . . . modernism to postmodernism and post-postmodernism. We advance. We progress. We move on. But we are part of a tradition.”

Boyle’s choices of stories reflect a vibrant range of characters, from a numb wife who feels alive only in the presence of violence to a new widower coming to terms with his sudden freedom, from a missing child to a champion speedboat racer. These stories will grab hold and surprise, which according to Boyle is “what the best fiction offers, and there was no shortage of such in this year’s selections.”

Mulling over the question of character likability, series editor Heidi Pitlor asks, “Did I like these characters? I very much liked reading their stories, as did T. C. Boyle.” Here are characters who “are living, breathing people who screw up terribly and want and need and think uneasy thoughts.”

T. C. BOYLE, guest editor, has published fifteen novels and ten collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1988 for his novel World’s End and the Prix Médicis étranger for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995, as well as the 2014 Henry David Thoreau Prize for excellence in nature writing. His most recent book is the novel The Harder They Come.

HEIDI PITLOR, series editor, is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.

What a terrific bunch of stories! Although the stories vary widely, they are almost all gems---little pieces of lives that draw you in and show you a way of thinking you hadn't thought of before. T. C. Boyle did a fantastic job of selection. I've read the Best American Short Stories almost every year for many years now, and usually, there are quite a few stories I feel don't deserve to be in the collection, but this time, I can't really say there were any that didn't have reason to be there.



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