Best of the South: From Ten Years of New Stories from the South

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Since 1986, New Stories from the South has brought the best short fiction of the year to the attention of a national audience. The series has been called “the collection others should use as a model” (the Charlotte Observer), and for twenty years it has held to that standard.

When Anne Tyler helped us celebrate the first ten years of the series in Best of the South, 1986–1995, the reviews were ecstatic. “A triumph of authentic voices and unforgettable characters,” said Southern...

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Since 1986, New Stories from the South has brought the best short fiction of the year to the attention of a national audience. The series has been called “the collection others should use as a model” (the Charlotte Observer), and for twenty years it has held to that standard.

When Anne Tyler helped us celebrate the first ten years of the series in Best of the South, 1986–1995, the reviews were ecstatic. “A triumph of authentic voices and unforgettable characters,” said Southern Living. “An introduction to some of the best writers in the world today,” raved the Northwest Arkansas Times. Now that the anthology has reached its twentieth birthday, Anne Tyler has done it again. From the 186 stories found in the ten volumes from 1996 to 2005, she has picked her favorites and introduced them with warmth, insight, and her own brand of quiet literary authority.

Once again, her choices reflect her love of the kind of generous fiction she has called “spendthrift.”Here are twenty stories—by both famous and first-time writers, from Lee Smith and Max Steele to Gregory Sanders and Stephanie Soileau—that hold nothing back.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781565121287
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 1/4/1996
  • Pages: 423
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.28 (d)

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Shannon Ravenel has edited New Stories from the South since 1986. Formerly editorial director of Algonquin Books, she now directs her Algonquin imprint, Shannon Ravenel Books. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Anne Tyler is the author of sixteen novels, including Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, and her most recent, The Amateur Marriage. Her short stories have been published in the New Yorker and other magazines. Tyler’s new children’s book, Timothy Tugbottom Says No! illustrated by Mitra Modarressi, will be published in September 2005. She lives in Baltimore,Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Martha Jean 1
After Moore 27
Where Pelham Fell 60
Heart 80
The Watch 97
Customs of the Country 138
The Rain of Terror 155
A Hank of Hair, A Piece of Bone 181
Letter to the Lady of the House 198
The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas 208
This Is Not the Picture Show 223
The Birds for Christmas 237
Intensive Care 243
After Memphis 272
The Winnowing of Mrs. Schuping 302
Charlotte 316
Marie 333
Nicodemus Bluff 349
My Other Life 374
Water People 397
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2000

    Read these this summer -- you won't be sorry

    All the stories in this book are classics. They've got lots of humanity, great storytelling, and delicious language. A few of them in particular stand out as my favorites. The wonderful 'Charlotte', by Tony Earley, is a tale of true love set in a fern bar. Oh, and there are wrestlers. The very beautiful 'Customs of the Country,' by Madison Smartt Bell, is the story of a remorseful mother trying to make things right. In 'A Hank of Hair, A Piece of Bone,' a ten-year-old boy spends the summer digging underneath his house. 'The Kind of Light that Shines on Texas' begins, 'I never liked Marvin Pruitt. Never liked him, never knew him, even though there were only three of us in the class. Three black kids.' Then there's 'The Birds for Christmas,' a grim, hilarious and heartwarming holiday tale, and 'This Is Not the Picture Show'... I could go on, but they're all amazing. Don't miss them. This is the kind of book that you want to read slowly so it will last, but in the end you can't help devouring.

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