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Best new American voices 2000
Kulka, John.
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 434 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"A harvest original."
In Cuba I was a German shepherd / B-Zone open / Feathers on the solar wind / Cat and mouse / Hatbox / Tower pig / Bike New York! / Girls / View / My mother's first lover / Video Ame / Closer than you think / When the nines roll over / A love transaction / Aida South, flower / Ten secets of beauty / Maedele / Paperhanger, the doctor's wife, and the child who went into the abstract / Tome / Cliff gods of Acapulco
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PS648.S5 B463 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Culled from over one hundred prestigious writing programs around the United States and Canada, Best New American Voices 2000 offers a remarkable panoply of writing talent that showcases the literary stars of tomorrow.Included here are twenty of the finest stories to come out of such programs as Breadloaf, the Sewanee Conference, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the University of Iowa, and the PEN/Prison Writing Committee, as nominated by the directors of those programs.Represented are all facets of North American life, a diverse collection of visions and voices that will satisfy the most exacting of short-story readers.This dynamic collection is must-reading for all fans of innovative, cutting-edge new writing.

Author Notes

Tobias Wolff was born in Birmingham, Alabama on June 19, 1945. He served in the military as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War. He received a B.A. in 1972 and a M.A. in 1975 from the University of Oxford and a M.A. in 1978 from Stanford University. He held faculty positions at Stanford University, Goddard College, Arizona State University, and Syracuse University. He was also a reporter for the Washington Post.

His first collection of short stories, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, won the St. Lawrence award for fiction in 1982. His other works include Back in the World, In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of a Lost War, The Night in Question, Old School, and Our Story Begins. The Barracks Thief won the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction in 1985. This Boy's Life: A Memoir won the Los Angeles Times Book prize in 1989 and was made into a 1993 film starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. He also won three O. Henry Awards in 1980, 1981, and 1985 and the National Medal of Arts in 2015.

He edited several anthologies of short stories including Matters of Life and Death: New American Stories, A Doctor's Visit: Short Stories by Anton Chekhov, and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Wolff, author of such well-received books as This Boy's Life (1989) and The Night in Question (1996), seems to be very concerned about discovering for readers the best fiction writers (or else he just loves the job of editor/compiler), because he has a few collections to his editing credit, including The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1994). The pieces in Best New come from graduate programs as well as nondegree fiction workshops and writing conferences; this collection is the first in a planned annual competition. Some of these "new voices" have begun to make noises beyond the "classroom." William Gay, represented here with his story, "The Paperhanger, the Doctor's Wife, and the Child Who Went into the Abstract," displayed his sizeable talent last year with his first novel, The Long Home (1999), and his second one, Provinces of the Night, is reviewed in on p.609. Another noisy new voice is that of David Benioff, "When the Nines Roll Over," whose first novel, The 25th Hour, is reviewed on p.611. A valuable collection. --Bonnie Smothers

Publisher's Weekly Review

In compiling this anthology, Wolff sidestepped the prestigious literary journals and popular magazines publishing serious fiction, and collected 20 polished short stories from more than 100 North American writing programs and conferences, including the Bread Loaf Conference, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Iowa Writers Workshop and the PEN/Prison Writing Committee. All the entries here are by emerging writers, many still studying their craft, but the quality of the work showcased is world class. The longest and most outstanding entry is Jennifer Vanderbe's "The Hatbox," an intricate look at the lives of three generations of women and the cumbersome secret that ties them together. The piece exhibits relaxed, old-fashioned storytelling reminiscent of W. Somerset Maugham. The opening story, "In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd" by Ana Menendez, is a litany of humorous anecdotes zeroing in on the plight of wealthy and educated Cubans who fled to the U.S. only to find their credentials useless and menial employment their only way of surviving. "The Tower Pig" by Scott Antworth captures a moment of compassion and understanding between a hard-nosed guard and the prisoner he is escorting to a funeral. Merrill Feitell's witty and moving "Bike New York" skillfully portrays the inner turmoil of a soon-to-be-married man on an unplanned, thought-provoking jaunt with a teenage girl. Other writers to watch are Ladette Randolph, Shimon Tanaka, William Gay and Maile Meloy. While unfamiliar names today, these voices are likely to show up in Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories in years to come. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This is the first volume in a new series dedicated to the art of the short story that presents work from writing workshops in the United States and Canada. Some of these authors have already won major prizes, while others are publishing for the first time. Critically acclaimed writer Wolff was guest editor of this issue, choosing the final 20 pieces from about 300 submissions sent from teachers, workshop directors, and prize committee judges of various writing workshops, some associated with universities in the United States and Canada, others community-based workshops, summer conferences, and the PEN Prison Writing Committee. As Wolff states in his introduction, they present "an extraordinary display of inventiveness and variety within the story form." In Martha Otis's "Aida South, Flower," a co-worker invents a new death for a woman who deserved better than the one she got. In "Feathers on the Solar Wind," David Wood explores life in the AIDS dorm of a correctional facility. Kate Small's "The B-Zone" presents a Yugoslavian mail-order bride in Alaska. The stories vary in tone and subject matter, but together they present a good selection of contemporary work. Recommended for serious fiction collections.DDebbie Bogenschutz, Cincinnati State Technical and Community Coll. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.