Best of the West 2010: 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 D. Seth Horton revived the series in 2009.

Best of the West 2010 brings together established and emerging writers who reinterpret this most vital of literary regions and create, ...

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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 D. Seth Horton revived the series in 2009.

Best of the West 2010 brings together established and emerging writers who reinterpret this most vital of literary regions and create, as Kent Meyers puts it in his foreword, "gift[s] the nation needs right now." Editors Horton and Thomas have chosen nineteen stories by writers including Sherman Alexie, Rick Bass, Ron Carlson, Julia Glass, William Kittredge, Kent Nelson, and Deb Olin Unferth. Their subjects vary from a Greek community in Wyoming dealing with a suicide, to a re-creation of Christ's crucifixion in New Mexico, to an unlikely friendship that peaks at a burial ground in Alaska. Best of the West 2010 is the latest indication that the West has become one of the most crucial settings for contemporary American fiction.

Contributors:

  • Sherman Alexie
  • Rick Bass
  • John Blanchard
  • Elea Carey
  • Ron Carlson
  • Natalie Diaz
  • Darren Dillman
  • Ben Ehrenreich
  • Julia Glass
  • Dina Guidubaldi
  • Ben Kostival
  • William Kittredge
  • Paul Mihas
  • Kent Nelson
  • Daniel Orozco
  • Kirstin Valdez Quade
  • Aurelie Sheehan
  • Justin St. Germain
  • Deb Olin Unferth


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292722989
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (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

Editor's Note D. Seth Horton Horton, D. Seth

Foreword Kent Meyers Meyers, Kent

Green World, from Harper's Magazine Sherman Alexie Alexie, Sherman 1

Fish Story, from The Atlantic Magazine Rick Bass Bass, Rick 5

Cinema Verite, from Southwestern American Literature John Blanchard Blanchard, John 13

One Time, from The Georgia Review Elea Carey Carey, Elea 20

Victory at Sea, from The Iowa Review Ron Carlson Carlson, Ron 31

How to Love a Woman with No Legs, from the Iowa Review Natalie Diaz Diaz, Natalie 44

Cloudcroft, from Shenandoah Darren Dillman Dillman, Darren 52

Everything You See is Real, from Bomb Magazine Ben Ehrenreich Ehrenreich, Ben 69

The Price of Silver Julia Glass Glass, Julia 89

The Desert: A Field Guide, from The Santa Monica Review Dina Guidubaldi Guidubaldi, Dina 118

Stone Boat, from Narrative William Kittredge Kittredge, William 125

Islanders, from The New England Review Ben Kostival Kostival, Ben 130

This Is Not a Barren Place, from Nimrod International Journal Paul Mihas Mihas, Paul 138

The Spirit Bird, from The Virginia Quarterly Review Kent Nelson Nelson, Kent 149

Only Connect, from Ecotone Daniel Orozco Orozco, Daniel 160

The Five Wounds, from The New Yorker Kirstin Valdez Quade Quade, Kirstin Valdez 170

Gentle Future, from Copper Nickel Aurelie Sheehan Sheehan, Aurelie 188

Tortolita, from ZYZZYVA Justin St. Germain St. Germain, Justin 201

Wait Till You See Me Dance, from Harper's Magazine Deb Olin Unferth Unferth, Deb Olin 215

Other Notable Western Stories of the Year 233

Publications Reviewed 237

Notes on Contributors 239

Credits 245

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