Gotham Writers' Workshop Fiction Gallery

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A collection of accessible and excellent short fiction hand-picked by the country's most popular writing school.

Each of the stories in Fiction Gallery will hold you spellbound from first to last page, while also exemplifying the very best in literary fiction. Grouped in sections that follow the cycle of life, these stories explore the varied aspects of human existence and, cumulatively, form the satisfying dramatic arc of a novel.

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Overview

A collection of accessible and excellent short fiction hand-picked by the country's most popular writing school.

Each of the stories in Fiction Gallery will hold you spellbound from first to last page, while also exemplifying the very best in literary fiction. Grouped in sections that follow the cycle of life, these stories explore the varied aspects of human existence and, cumulatively, form the satisfying dramatic arc of a novel.

The authors range from the acknowledged masters of short fiction- Anton Chekhov, Dorothy Parker, John Cheever, Raymond Carver, T.C. Boyle, Jhumpa Lahiri- to the very best of today's emerging writers. As a bonus, the anthology includes interviews with T.C. Boyle and Jhumpa Lahiri, in which they illuminate the process of creating a short story.

Aspiring writers who enjoyed Gotham Writers' Workshop previous book, Writing Fiction, will also find this anthology an invaluable source of inspiration and instruction.

Gotham Writers' Workshop is America's leading private creative writing school, offering classes in New York City and on the web at WritingClasses.com. The school's interactive online classes, selected "Best of the Web" by Forbes, have attracted thousands of aspiring writers from across the United States and more than sixty countries.

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Adult/High School-Arranged by themes, the stories in this terrific collection can be read both for enjoyment and for literary merit. They were written by established as well as recently published authors and include works by Anton Chekhov and Myla Goldberg. Topics range from crimes of passion to the humdrum of everyday life, and the tales' brevity and cutting-edge themes will appeal to busy students. Many of the pieces deal with contemporary issues like one-night stands (Pam Houston's "Sometimes You Talk about Idaho"), cheating (Ethan Canin's "The Palace Thief"), world destruction (T.C. Boyle's "After the Plague"), intolerance (Z.Z. Packer's "Brownies"), and the impersonal workplace (Daniel Orozco's "Orientation"). Each story is captivating; some are shocking. The selections are great examples of how writers use words to craft great literature. Interviews with Jhumpa Lahiri, Boyle, and Hannah Tinti provide additional insight into the writing process.-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582344621
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/21/2004
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 151,491
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Alexander Steele

Starting Out

Anton Chekhov, A Trifle from Life

Frank O'Connor, First Confession

ZZ Packer, Brownies

Peter Markus, What the River Told Us to Do

Myla Goldberg, Going for the Orange Julius

Longings

Claire Davis, Labors of the Heart

Lou Matthews, Crazy Life

Pam Houston, Sometimes You Talk About Idaho

T. C. Boyle, After the Plague

Those We Know

Dorothy Parker, Here We Are

Raymond Carver, Whoever Was Using This Bed

Anthony Doerr, For a Long Time This Was Griselda's Story

Hannah Tinti, Home Sweet Home

The Job

Daniel Orozco, Orientation

John O'Farrell, Walking into the Wind

Edwidge Danticat, Night Women

Ethan Canin, The Palace Thief

Strangeness

Jorge Luis Borges, The Book of Sand

Charles Baxter, The Next Building I Plan to Bomb

Jess Row, The Secrets of Bats

0Jhumpa Lahiri, The Third and Final Continent

Sunset

John Cheever, The Sunset

Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour

Thom Jones, I Want to Live!

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

Interviews

Interview with T. C. Boyle

Interview with Jhumpa Lahiri

Interview with Hannah Tinti

Credits

Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    Perfect Companion for Long Journey

    Fascinating collection of eclectic stories to stir your imagination. Inspiring fFor readers and instructive for writing students who want a sampling of some of the best of this genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    A Great Teaching Collection!

    Gotham Writers¿ Workshop¿s _Fiction Gallery: Exceptional Short Stories_ is a complete toolbox of writing techniques. Masters of the art of fiction--from Hawthorne to Chopin to Carver to Borges to ZZ Packer--illustrate craft in this well-chosen sampling of fictional works. Interviews with authors about their processes add another dimension. _Fiction Gallery_ is an affordable, accessible, and comprehensive collection. Dr. Denise Low, professor of creative writing.

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