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Title:
New stories from the South : the year's best, 2004
Author:
Ravenel, Shannon.
Publication Information:
Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
x, 334 : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
A rich man / Edward P. Jones -- A family of breast feeders / Starkey Flythe, Jr. -- Second hand / Chris Offutt -- Valor / Ingrid Hill -- Best cousin / Tayari Jones -- Raise children here / George Singleton -- Pagans / Rick Bass -- The judgement of Paris / K.A. Longstreet -- The Lolita School / Brock Clarke -- Coal smoke / Silas House -- Dog song / Ann Pancake -- Love is gnats today / Drew Perry -- Feeling lucky / Michael Knight -- Saturday afternoon in the Holocaust Museum / Elizabeth Seydel Morgan -- One summer / Annette Sandord -- Intervention / Jill McCorkle -- The widow / Bret Anthony Johnston -- Docent / R. T. Smith.
ISBN:
9781565124325
Format :
Book

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Summary

As it approaches its twentieth year, Shannon Ravenel's anthology has taken on a kind of cult status among readers, writers, teachers of short fiction, and trend watchers. It was here that some of the most well-respected voices of the last two decades were first recognized, here that writers tell us they were discovered by agents, here that they landed their first book deals. And for readers looking for fresh, exciting short fiction, here is where they'll find it. Ravenel has once again put together a stellar lineup of stories that makes this anthology not just a mark of distinction for writers, but a must-have for short-story aficionados and lovers of Southern fiction.

The stories in the nineteenth volume of New Stories from the South continue to spotlight the jewels of the South, both discovered and on the verge, featuring Edward P. Jones, George Singleton, Chris Offutt, Annette Sanford, Rick Bass, Silas House, Starkey Flythe, Michael Knight, and more. Each story is followed by the author's note about its origin. With a preface by bestselling writer Tim Gautreaux, this volume promises to be another collector's edition.


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Booklist Review

There's something for everyone in the nineteenth publication of this noteworthy annual anthology, with its mix of lesser- and better-known authors. Among the latter, Edward P. Jones returns a character from an earlier story who brings woe upon an aging widower in A Rich Man, and Jill McCorkle illuminates an indestructible marriage bond in Intervention. Bygone Virginia is evoked in The Judgement of Paris by K. A. Longstreet, with a pharmacist's son supplying fellow cadets with condoms at VMI in 1912, and in Docent by R. T. Smith, with a dowager putting her own spin on the past for Washington and Lee University visitors. Farther south, things get wackier. In George Singleton's Raise Children Here, a young man, writing for a Fodor guide of places to avoid completely, gets an unexpected reception in Claxton, Georgia, fruitcake capital of the world. Authors' endnotes about their inspirations for these 18 stories enrich the volume. --Michele Leber Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Like last year's edition, the 19th installment of this annual showcase of Southern short fiction is exciting but uneven. The collection gets off to a fine start with Pulitzer winner Edward P. Jones (in his affecting "A Rich Man," a man seeking lost youth gets a lot more than he bargained for) and Chris Offutt (the simple but touching "Second Hand," in which a woman pawns her prized boots for a chance to make a third-grader happy). But while Rick Bass's "Pagans" unfolds as an affecting, rich evocation of young love, it's meandering and overwritten. Though certainly not filled with humor, this year's collection-with offerings like George Singleton's "Raise Children Here," Brock Clarke's "The Lolita School" and Drew Perry's "Love Is Gnats Today"-reflects a less somber view than the 2003 edition. Still, Silas House's "Coal Smoke" and Michael Knight's "Feeling Lucky" are bleak, and Ann Pancake's "Dog Song" is both haunting and gruesome. Jill McCorkle's "Intervention," the tale of a woman's complicated devotion to her alcoholic husband, shines. Breast fixation, race, pre-World War I sex education, the shadow of death, a nasty parrot, reconciliation and an iconoclastic docent are subjects explored by rising stars, including Starkey Flythe Jr., Tayari Jones, K.A. Longstreet, Annette Sanford, Bret Anthony Johnston and R.T. Smith. Reflections on the stories by the authors themselves add another layer of pleasure to this volume. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Tim GautreauxEdward P. JonesStarkey Flythe, Jr.Chris OffuttIngrid HillTayari JonesGeorge SingletonRick BassK. A. LongstreetBrock ClarkeSilas HouseAnn PancakeDrew PerryMichael KnightElizabeth Seydel MorganAnnette SanfordJill McCorkleBret Anthony JohnstonR. T. Smith
Preface: Warts and Allp. vii
A Rich Man: From The New Yorkerp. 1
A Family of Breast Feeders: From The Chattahoochee Reviewp. 24
Second Hand: From The Iowa Reviewp. 38
Valor: From Imagep. 50
Best Cousin: From Sou'westerp. 70
Raise Children Here: From The Georgia Reviewp. 87
Pagans: From The Idaho Reviewp. 102
The Judgement of Paris: From The Virginia Quarterly Reviewp. 124
The Lolita School: From StoryQuarterlyp. 142
Coal Smoke: From The Louisville Reviewp. 151
Dog Song: From Shenandoahp. 169
Love is Gnats Today: From The Nebraska Reviewp. 194
Feeling Lucky: From The Virginia Quarterly Reviewp. 221
Saturday Afternoon in the Holocaust Museum: From The Southern Reviewp. 232
One Summer: From New Orleans Reviewp. 247
Intervention: From Ploughsharesp. 262
The Widow: From New England Reviewp. 281
Docent: From The Missouri Reviewp. 301
Appendixp. 313
Previous Volumesp. 321