Ken St. Andre
Best Stories of the American West, Volume Iby Marc Jaffe
Here is a collection of the best contemporary short stories of the American West by a diverse group of writers, young and old, male and female, well-known and not-so-known. And for the first time there appears, side-by-side, the work of so-called "traditional" Western writers, such as Max Evans, Elmer Kelton, and Elmore Leonard, and the "literary" contingent,
Here is a collection of the best contemporary short stories of the American West by a diverse group of writers, young and old, male and female, well-known and not-so-known. And for the first time there appears, side-by-side, the work of so-called "traditional" Western writers, such as Max Evans, Elmer Kelton, and Elmore Leonard, and the "literary" contingent, represented by William Kittredge, Valerie Miner, and Luis Alberto Urrea.
Taken together, these twenty-two stories, five appearing for the first time in print, create an unparalleled picture of an enormously complex region and a gallery of memorable characters and human conflicts.
Ken St. Andre
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Meet the Author
MARC JAFFE, an editor and publisher--for eighteen years Editorial Director at Bantam Books--has had decades-long experience with writing of the West, beginning with his first job in publishing as Western Editor at New American Library.
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Bought this for my Grandpa, who just turned 90 and can't get enough Louis L'Amour. After reading through it I realized that while the stories *are* interesting (I even got pulled in to a couple!) the writing style is much more contemporary than he likes. I'm sure it's a grand book, but I took it back to get a collection of L'Amour's work.
If you¿re expecting a high noon shootout on some dusty street in a cow town, you¿ll be pleasantly surprised with this collection of stories of the American West. The authors Editor Marc Jaffe selected for this volume is a Who¿s Who of Western writers: Sherman Alexie, Johnny D. Boggs, Richard Cass, Max Evans, Pete Fromm, John Graves, Drum Hadley, Elmer Kelton, William Kittredge, Elmore Leonard, Bruce Machart, Valerie Miner, Steven Patterson, John Rember, John Sayles, Robert Stubblefield, Geronimo Tagatac, Melanie Ray Thon, Luis Alberto Urrea and Richard S. Wheeler. The selections include the classic Western and contemporary stories of Western life that explores emotions and relationships. With the inclusion of Western poet Drum Hadley¿s work, Jaffe has truly given us a broad scope of Western genre writing. Marc Jaffe has put together a highly readable collection of work that goes beyond the Western pulp fiction of 50 years ago. He has selected stories with depth and feeling more than high noon shootouts. At the same time any Western fan will enjoy stories of ranching, cowboying, Native American culture, women of the West and all that goes with a good tale told. Best Stories of the American West transcends genre definitions and allows the reader to experience the West I ways both familiar and singular. This collection reflects the extraordinary complexity and subtlety of the Western experience. Individually, these 20 stories¿five of which are appearing for the first time in book form¿delight the reader and capture the imagination. Taken together, they create an unparalleled picture of old and new America with a cast of memorable and pioneer Americans. Best Stories of the American West is a book that will surprise, entertain and enlighten.