The Best American Short Stories 2015

The Best American Short Stories 2015

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In his introduction to this one hundredth volume of the beloved Best American Short Stories, guest editor T. C. Boyle writes, a€œThe 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.a€ Boylea€™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 a€œwhat the best fiction offers, and there was no shortage of such in this yeara€™s selections.a€ Mulling over the question of character likability, series editor Heidi Pitlor asks, a€œDid I like these characters? I very much liked reading their stories, as did T. C. Boyle.a€ Here are characters who a€œare living, breathing people who screw up terribly and want and need and think uneasy thoughts.a€ 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 Worlda€™s End and the Prix MAcdicis Actranger 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.Perhaps he had seen her. Perhaps he saw how well she looked. She sank into the couch, disappointed that he was leaving. Even though they lived in the same town, Miriam had run across Caleb only a handful of times since the eighth grade .

Title:The Best American Short Stories 2015
Author:T.C. Boyle, Heidi Pitlor
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2015-10-06


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