Anchor Book of New American Short Stories [NOOK Book]

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“In twenty-nine separate but ingenious ways, these stories seek permanent residence within a reader. They strive to become an emotional or intellectual cargo that might accompany us wherever, or however, we go. . . . If we are made by what we read, if language truly builds people into what they are, how they think, the depth with which they feel, then these stories are, to me, premium material for that construction project. You could build a civilization with them.” —Ben Marcus, from the Introduction

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Anchor Book of New American Short Stories

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Overview

“In twenty-nine separate but ingenious ways, these stories seek permanent residence within a reader. They strive to become an emotional or intellectual cargo that might accompany us wherever, or however, we go. . . . If we are made by what we read, if language truly builds people into what they are, how they think, the depth with which they feel, then these stories are, to me, premium material for that construction project. You could build a civilization with them.” —Ben Marcus, from the Introduction

Award-winning author of Notable American Women Ben Marcus brings us this engaging and comprehensive collection of short stories that explore the stylistic variety of the medium in America today.

Sea Oak by George Saunders
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
Do Not Disturb by A.M. Homes
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
The Caretaker by Anthony Doerr
The Old Dictionary by Lydia Davis
The Father’s Blessing by Mary Caponegro
The Life and Work of Alphonse Kauders by Aleksandar Hemon
People Shouldn’t Have to be the Ones to Tell You by Gary Lutz
Histories of the Undead by Kate Braverman
When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine by Jhumpa Lahiri
Down the Road by Stephen Dixon
X Number of Possibilities by Joanna Scott
Tiny, Smiling Daddy by Mary Gaitskill
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
The Sound Gun by Matthew Derby
Short Talks by Anne Carson
Field Events by Rick Bass
Scarliotti and the Sinkhole by Padgett Powell


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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
The stories in this collection are organized by literary style and explore how language is used to develop characters. Few of the authors are readily recognizable, except for Jhumpa Lahiri. A good example of this character-based style is "The Caretaker" by Anthony Doerr, which traces the life of a young man in Liberia to his life in America as a caretaker. Through the character's eyes, the author reveals the culture of two different countries and the different kinds of human interaction. The stories vary in length and style, but each uses language well. The emphasis is on the way a story is told, rather than what the story says. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Random House, Anchor, 480p., Ages 12 to adult.
—Nola Theiss
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307428134
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 645,833
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Ben Marcus is the author of Notable American Women and The Age of Wire and String. His work has appeared in Grand Street, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.


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Table of Contents

Introduction
Sea oak 3
Everything ravaged, everything burned 31
Do not disturb 51
Gentleman's agreement 78
The girl in the flammable skirt 87
The caretaker 94
I'm slavering 136
The old dictionary 145
The father's blessing 148
The life and work of Alphonse Kauders 171
The paperhanger 186
People shouldn't have to be the ones to tell you 205
Histories of the undead 214
You drive 229
When Mr. Pirzada came to dine 240
Down the road 258
All American 264
X number of possibilities 266
Two brothers 280
Tiny, smiling daddy 305
Someone to talk to 321
Brief interviews with hideous men 349
Where I work 371
The sound gun 382
Short talks 395
Up the old goat road 405
Scarliotti and the sinkhole 408
Letters to Wendy's 422
Field events 431
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Required book for college creative writing course.

    Order arrived promptly and in great condition, but I haven't actually started reading the stories yet.

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