Best of the Missouri Review: Fiction, 1978-1990

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The 25 stories in this mostly superior collection include work by writers both long-established and newly arrived on the short fiction scene. If there is a common thread to these tales, it is that they share, in the editors' words, an ``authoritative voice'' that draws the reader fully--and fulfillingly--into each author's creative realm. Standouts are Russell Banks's fascinating ``Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story,'' in which an extraordinarily beautiful man becomes obsessed with a hideously ugly woman; Barton Wilcox's ``Ferguson's Wagon,'' a masterly piece about the emotional significance of a child's toy and how it brings together a father and son after years of mutual disgust; Stephanie Bobo's ``Recognizable at a Distance,'' a woman's painfully honest confession about the breakup of her parents' marriage and its debilitating effects on her; Robert Thompson's shocking ``Under the Swaying Curtain,'' dealing with the consequences of drug and sexual abuse on the febrile imagination of a young orphan. Also featured are Paul Bowles, Amy Hempel, Naguib Mahfouz and Raymond Carver. Sapp and Michalson are short-story writers, Morgan is the author of The Assemblers. (Apr.)
Library Journal
The Missouri Review has been a major vehicle in the publication and promotion of the short story since the magazine's inception in 1978. The writers in this anthology of 25 stories are of different schools and styles, but they are all masters of their craft. Most of the writers are well known: Raymond Carver, Russell Banks, Amy Hempel, Bob Schacochis, and Robb Forman Dew. Some selections represent early efforts. Many of the stories have been anthologized elsewhere in collections of prize-winning stories (such as The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize ). The book is recommended for most libraries nevertheless. It conveys the flavor of one of our important literary journals, and it also shows some of the great variety of literary talent on the scene.-- Paul Kaplan, Dakota Cty. Lib. System, Eagan, Minn.
Twenty-five short stories from a wide range of authors. The collection represents a variety of styles selected from the first twelve years of one of Americas most respected literary periodicals. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826207739
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1991
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.36 (d)

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