The Best American Short Stories 2002by Sue Miller
Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor
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Twenty stories reprinted from (mostly major) periodicals. Solid, professional fiction writing (as you'd expect), but overall not enough sense of thematic/stylistic variety considering the sheer volume of stories to choose from. 'Along a Frontage Road' and 'Nachman from L.A.' stood out for me as the best of the best.