Best of the West 2009: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri

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Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, an annual anthology of exceptional short fiction rooted in the western United States, debuted in 1988 and continued publication until 1992. Recognizing that the West remains rewarding territory for literary explorations, James Thomas and Seth Horton are now reviving the series in Best of the West 2009.

Thomas and Horton combed some 250 literary journals and magazines to gather these eighteen stories published ...

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Overview

Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, an annual anthology of exceptional short fiction rooted in the western United States, debuted in 1988 and continued publication until 1992. Recognizing that the West remains rewarding territory for literary explorations, James Thomas and Seth Horton are now reviving the series in Best of the West 2009.

Thomas and Horton combed some 250 literary journals and magazines to gather these eighteen stories published since the fall of 2007. They come from both emerging and established writers, including Lee K. Abbott, Louise Erdrich, Dagoberto Gilb, Antonya Nelson, Joyce Carol Oates, and Annie Proulx. Like Bass, the editors believe "the Western short story" inhabits a wide territory; the subjects in this collection range from illegal immigrants tending illegal crops in California's national forests, to mismatched Mormon missionaries on the conversion trail in Nevada, to a Native American college student exploring her sexuality, to Papa Hemingway's meditations as he loads the shotgun in his Idaho cabin. As these stories make clear, the West continues to shape our literary landscape. Thomas and Horton have preserved the best of that work in this vital anthology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292721227
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES THOMAS coedited (with Denise Thomas) the first five volumes of Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. He has taught fiction at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

D. SETH HORTON, who holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, was fiction editor of the Sonora Review. He previously edited the collection New Stories from the Southwest.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Note
Foreword, Rick Bass
Lee K. Abbott, A Great Piece of Elephant
From The Georgia Review
Aimée Baker, The Persistence of Memory
From Gulf Coast
Susan Streeter Carpenter, Elk Medicine
From Crab Orchard Review
Daniel Chacón, Velocity of Mass
From Rock & Sling
Jeffrey Chapman, Great Salt Lake
From The Bellingham Review
Tracy Daugherty, The Inhalatorium
From The Texas Review
Louise Erdrich, The Reptile Garden
From The New Yorker
Ernest J. Finney, Sequoia Gardens
From The Sewanee Review
Dagoberto Gilb, Willows Village
From Harper's Magazine
Lucrecia Guerrero, A Memory
From The Louisville Review
Antonya Nelson, Or Else
From The New Yorker
Joyce Carol Oates, Papa at Ketchum, 1961
From Salmagundi
Annie Proulx, The Sagebrush Kid
From The Guardian
Aurelie Sheehan, Spin
From Ploughshares
Stephen Tuttle, Amanuensis
From Hayden's Ferry Review
Urban Waite, Don't Look Away
From Hayden's Ferry Review
Don Waters, Mormons in Heat
From Kenyon Review
Mitch Wieland, The Bones of Hagerman
From TriQuarterly

Other Notable Western Stories of 2008
Publications Reviewed
Notes on Contributors
Credits

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