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ISBN:
0547868863
Author:
Jennifer Egan,Heidi Pitlor
Category:
Short Stories & Anthologies
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mariner Books; 2014 ed. edition (October 7, 2014)
Pages:
360 pages
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The Best American Short . .has been added to your Cart. For those new to the series, you’ll be pleased to find that in addition to the stories themselves, there is a section at the end of the book where each author tells us the story behind the story. It gives great insight into the creative process, especially useful to aspiring writers. One person found this helpful.

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Eighteen short stories by famous and little known authors compassing the period 1839 - 1914. Summary by David Wales).

The 2014 The Best American Series is on sale today! With essays, short stories, articles, and more curated by the most trusted authors in town (Laura Lippman, Jennifer Egan, and Paul Theroux, to name a few).

The 2014 The Best American Series is on sale today! With essays, short stories, articles, and more curated by the most trusted authors in town (Laura Lippman, Jennifer Egan, and Paul Theroux, to name a few), this year's selections are better than ever. Curiosity is essential to lifelong learning. At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, we aim to spark a lifelong love of learning in every individual we touch.

Presents twenty of the best works of short fiction of the past year from a variety of acclaimed sources.
  • Granijurus
Collected in this book are some of the best stories I've ever read, but if you're not a reader of literary fiction, you might miss the point of a lot of them and think they're "dull" simply because the narrative isn't as flashy or "clever" as the stack of mystery novels you blazed through on your Florida beach vacation. If you read for good writing, powerful emotional hooks, and all around good storytelling, then this is certainly worth looking through. There is some really incredible writing on display here from some true masters of the craft. Some of these stories moved me to tears, most of them had me saying "Damn..." to an empty room after I read the last word.

Stories:
Charity
The Indian Uprising
The Night of the Satellite
After the Flood
Long Tom Lookout
Medium Tough
The Breeze
Hover
A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me
At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners
The Judge's Will
Evie M.
Kattekoppen
This Is Not A Love Song
La Pulchra Nota
God
Mastiff
Next to Nothing
Madame Bovary's Greyhound
Antarctica
  • Jode
Eagerly awaiting the latest edition in this series is something of an annual holiday tradition for me. And while not every story is a winner, there’s always at least one that justifies the effort. Often I’m introduced to at lest one intriguing author whose work is new to me. If you’re a subscriber to or frequent reader of The New Yorker, you’ve already read a fair number of the stories in this volume so it may not be worth your time.

For those new to the series, you’ll be pleased to find that in addition to the stories themselves, there is a section at the end of the book where each author tells us the story behind the story. It gives great insight into the creative process, especially useful to aspiring writers.

It’s difficult to review an anthology like this holistically as the stories are all from different writers. So any generalizations say more about the editor than about the writers. I don’t know how accurately this collection reflects “trends in modern story telling” so I won’t even attempt to address that point.

Usually there’s one story that stands out above the rest for me. Nothing had that effect on me this year but of the 20 stories here, about half were memorable. Here are my favorites.

Laura Van Den Berg, Antarctica. A woman long separated geographically and emotionally from her brother, tries to retrace his steps after his death. What she learns about her brother is not what she was hoping to find.

T.C Boyle, The Night of the Satellite. What is our responsibility to intervene when a stranger appears to be at risk? The answer to this question causes a riff between a young couple.

Charles Baxter, Charity. No good deed goes unpunished, as volunteering at a medical clinic in Ethiopia leaves the protagonist ill. With no health insurance and no job, he is driven to the black market for drugs. Desperation and vengeance lead to acts of violence in this complex take on the what it really means to be charitable.

Peter Cameron, After the Flood. An elderly christian woman tries to do the right thing (after being strong armed by her pastor) and helps an immigrant family left homeless by a flood. The imposition reveals the strains in the woman’s own marriage.

Nicole Cullen Long, Tom Lookout. A young woman is suddenly left to care for her husband’s illegitimate child while still struggling to put her own life together.

Benjamin Nugent, God. Through romantic and sexual politics on a college campus, the narrator learns something surprising about himself.

So not the best installment of the series but definitely worth a read. Looking forward to next year already!
  • Hanelynai
Fabulous! That is a one-word review of this collection of short stories, all of which were published in 2014 and culled from a myriad of magazines. With the exception of just two of the 20 stories, I had pretty much the same reaction after reading each one: "This is the best one of all!" They run the gamut: A tale about Madame Bovary's dog, a story about a fraternity's adoration of one college woman, the end of a bitter marriage, life in a lookout tower deep in the Idaho mountains and a story about soldiers deployed in the Mideast. This is a treat...so treat yourself! I enjoyed it so much that I bought the volumes for 2013 and 2012.
  • Light out of Fildon
been reading these collections for 2 decades. This years selections are well written but horribly depressing and flat. There are NO upbeat moments in any of these stories. While one can appreciate the skill of the writing, its pure drudgery. Remember reading Raymond Carver and really feeling the lives of peoples travails? I do, and did not seem so bleak and draining as all these stories.
  • Leceri
4 1/2 stars. I must admit that I'm shocked at the amount of negative and underwhelmed reviews of this on GR. I haven't read a lot of the Best Short Stories collections, but I thought this one was pretty close to perfect. There are a bunch of highly entertaining stories here...standouts include:

The Night of the Satellite
The Judge's Will
La Pulchra Nota
God
Madame Bovary's Greyhound

And my three favorites are: Medium Tough, This is Not a Love Song, and Antarctica.
  • Arith
The Best American Short Stories 2014 was picked by a member of our reading group for our monthly discussion. I don't usually read all the selections in an anthology, but I enjoyed these stories so much, I read from cover-to-cover. The variety amazed me and some stories I still think about several months after I've read them. I appreciated the different settings, life styles, and characters that took me to places and people I would not know if I hadn't read the book. I plan to read some of the stories again.
  • Paster
One or two of these stories stood out above the others, but I was somewhat disappointed throughout. Nothing in this was particularly bad, but for a curated collection there wasn't much here to get excited over. Or ponder. For the most part it was just okay.
Read for book club... I am not necessarily a fan of short stories, and these were all depressing.