First Sightings: Contemporary Stories About American Youth

First Sightings: Contemporary Stories About American Youth

by John Loughery
     
 

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"With its gamut of emotions, issues and real-life situations, this volume provides high quality reading that all Americans can identify with."—Publishers Weekly
Twenty stories, arranged by age of the protagonists, from 4 to 18. Contributors include Barbara Kingsolver, John Updike, Ethan Canin, Ernest J. Gaines, Gish Jen, Alice Walker, Michael Chabon, Toni Cade…  See more details below

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"With its gamut of emotions, issues and real-life situations, this volume provides high quality reading that all Americans can identify with."—Publishers Weekly
Twenty stories, arranged by age of the protagonists, from 4 to 18. Contributors include Barbara Kingsolver, John Updike, Ethan Canin, Ernest J. Gaines, Gish Jen, Alice Walker, Michael Chabon, Toni Cade Bambara, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Roth, and more.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The postwar American authors whose work Loughery ( Alias S. S. Van Dine ) has gathered here provide a wide-ranging reading of what it means to be young in America. With many heavy-hitters (including John Updike and Alice Walker) and a solid multicultural representation (including Tony Cade Bambara, Gish Jen), this collection plumbs the depths of innocence, awkwardness, confusion and wonder in a variety of childhood circumstances. Domestic problems, such as sexual and emotional abuse and divorce, are taken up in diverse ways. The theme of the death of a parent, grandparent or sibling also recurs throughout. Sexual and gender identity confusion appears, most powerfully in Richard McCann's story of a boy who dresses up in his mother's clothes. A few comic pieces provide balance, such as Philip Roth's classic story of a boy in Hebrew school who causes a rabbi grief with questions about the omnipotence of God. Jen's exploration of a Chinese girl's entry into a private school where she is a well-liked, exotic artifact is also quite funny. With its gamut of emotions, issues and real-life situations, this volume provides high quality reading that all Americans can identify with. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892551873
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
11/01/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

John Loughery is the author of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize finalist John
Sloan: Painter and Rebel and has edited the anthologies
First Sightings: Contemporary Stories of American Youth, Into the
Widening World: International Coming-of-Age Stories, and The Eloquent Essay: An Anthology of Classic & Creative Nonfiction. He teaches English at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City.

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