Listening to the Voices: Stories from the Flannery O'Connor Award

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If you have Voices you'd better listen to them Flannery O'Connor once said. Since 1982 the University of Georgia Press has published the winners of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, one of the country's most prestigious literary awards. Now celebrating its fifteenth year, the award continues to introduce some of the most exciting new voices in fiction writing today. Listening to the Voices is a dazzling collection of stories from the most recent winners of the ...
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If you have Voices you'd better listen to them Flannery O'Connor once said. Since 1982 the University of Georgia Press has published the winners of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, one of the country's most prestigious literary awards. Now celebrating its fifteenth year, the award continues to introduce some of the most exciting new voices in fiction writing today. Listening to the Voices is a dazzling collection of stories from the most recent winners of the award.
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"Built up from small events, these precise stories will give readers a good sense of what is happening in short fiction writing today."--Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
Each year the University of Georgia publishes two collections of short fiction by new writers, the annual winners of the Flannery O'Connor Award. The tales gathered here are from volumes published between 1992 and 1997, making this a somewhat curious compilation: It isn't, after all, as if the work is long vanished, or obscure. That said, this particular anthology does serve to remind the reader of the distinctive quality of much of the fiction. "Nervous Dancer," the title story from Carol Lee Lorenzo's 1995 collection, offers a painfully exact portrait of a couple furiously destroying their marriage. Wendy Brenner's "Guest Speaker" (from 1996's Large Animals in Everyday Life) works some exhilarating changes on the old theme of a young woman discovering some core of identity and possibility in her life. Other contributors include Harvey Grossinger, Rita Ciresi, Alyce Miller, Andy Plattner (represented by the wonderfully laconic and rueful "Winter Money"), and Dianne Nelson. Overall, then: a kind of thumbnail summary of recent trends in American short fiction, and a useful introduction to the Award programþthough it's debatable whether a summary volume was needed before the end of the decade.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820319940
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/1998
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author


Charles East was for many years the editor of the Flannery O' Connor Award for Short Fiction series. He is the author of two collections of short stories, Where the Music Was (Georgia) and Distant Friends and Intimate Strangers. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Guest Speaker 1
Mother Rocket 16
Home Burial 37
Space and Light 61
In Broad Daylight 91
Nervous Dancer 106
All My Relations 131
The Jaguarundi 159
Tommy 172
A Brief History of Male Nudes in America 195
Winter Money 206
Home and Family 220
The Writers 237
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