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Title:
Best new American voices 2001
Author:
Baxter, Charles.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xv, 310 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"A harvest original."
Language:
English
Contents:
Pilgrims / Julie Orringer -- Darkening of the world / Timothy A. Westmoreland -- Superassassin / Lysley A. Tenorio -- Villa of the veiled lady / Christina Milletti -- Intervention / Erin Flanagan -- Our lady of the height / Ha-yun Jung -- Oh, Albany, my love / Jeb Livingood -- Beheadings / Kira Salak -- Louisiana loses its cricket hum / Amanda Davis -- Of cabbages / Zoey Byrd -- The sharp light of trespassers / Whitney Davis -- Bats / Lidija S. Canovic -- Loss / Roompa Bhattacharyya -- Before Las Blancas / Patrick Ryan -- Home, James, and don't spare the horses / Antoine Wilson -- We are cartographers / Susanna Daniel -- The mean / Matthew Pitt.
ISBN:
9780156010658
Format :
Book

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Summary

A marvelous collection of fiction by America's best new writers.

Upon its launch in 2000, Best New American Voices received acclaim for the range and originality of its selections, which represented the best writing from new American writers who are generally unknown but promise to become the literary stars of tomorrow. For the 2001 edition, National Book Award finalist Charles Baxter, together with series editors John Kulka and Natalie Danford, judged short stories from more than one hundred writing programs around the country to find the very best, most interesting, and most accomplished pieces by outstanding writing students. The result is presented here in a collection of seventeen tales that will be sure to attract attention and critical acclaim. Ranging from stories of passion, loneliness, and humor to masterful accounts of discovery and family politics, and set in locales from Burma and Japan to the Middle West and New England, these tales are eclectic, vivid, and cutting-edge, and showcase the best writing talent of tomorrow.


Author Notes

Charles Baxter is the author of seven books including the 2000 National Book Award finalist The Feast of Love. He teaches at the University of Michigan. John Kulka is executive editor-at-large at Harvard University Press and lives in Connecticut. Natalie Danford is a freelance writer and book critic whose work has appeared in People, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and many other publications. She is the author of a novel, Inheritance, and lives in New York City."


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Of the making of short story anthologies there is no end. Started in 2000, the Best New American Voices distinguishes itself from the Pushcart and O. Henry prizes by soliciting unpublished work from graduate writing programs and arts organizations. This year, guest editor Baxter has selected 17 stories, each testifying to his taste for clarity and eclectic settings. Christina Milletti's "Villa of the Veiled Lady" is in the Jamesian tradition, with the protagonist, Alice, who visits off-limits sites in Herculaneum with a strange Italian man, recognizably in the line of Daisy Miller. Kira Salak tells a different kind of travel story in "Beheadings," which recounts a journalist's visit to Cambodia. David, a psychologically troubled young man, has fled to a Buddhist monastery in that apparently godforsaken country. Chris, the journalist and David's sister, makes it her mission to bring her brother home before her mother dies. Antoine Wilson's "Home, James, and Don't Spare the Horses" is a funny putdown of the art scene. Graham Witt, the narrator, becomes a bad boy artist quite by accident when he exhibits his photographs at Russ Matsumura's gallery. The electricity is turned off on the day of the exhibit, because Russ, on principle, doesn't pay bills, and Graham's artistic cred is established. When he goes to a party thrown by Maurine Perrin, an ineffably weird collector, Maurice encourages him to act like a boor, making his reputation soar even higher. Erin Flanagan's "Intervention," in which Kate comes home with her lover, Harry, to help Harry's mother, Judith, confront Harry's father about his drinking, strikes a bittersweet comic note. These stories give us a snapshot of an America (or at least its writing programs) that has become more globally conscious. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

The stories in this second annual selection come from writers' workshops and graduate writing programs across the country. Guest editor Baxter points out that he was struck by the stories' frequent clash of cultures (in every sense, including ethnic, sexual, and social class) and how topics such as globalization and homosexuality were taken for granted by these emerging writers. Thus, both Zoey Byrd's "Of Cabbages" and Roompa Bhattacharyya's "Loss" are about young widows confronting an unfamiliar culture, though in very different ways, and Kira Salak's "Beheadings" tells of a dangerous journey into Cambodia that evolves into a quest for resolution and inner peace. Though some stories fall victim to the immature writer's sins of overwriting or sensationalism, most are compelling, and many of these authors are likely to become familiar names. For larger fiction collections. Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.