More Stories We Tell: The Best Contemporary Short Stories by American Women

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The second collection drawn together by editor Wendy Martin, these twenty-four exquisite examples of contemporary writing feature stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Mary Gaitskill, Alice Munro, Sandra Cisneros, and Lorrie Moore (to name a few).

We Are the Stories We Tell is also available from Pantheon.

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Overview

The second collection drawn together by editor Wendy Martin, these twenty-four exquisite examples of contemporary writing feature stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Mary Gaitskill, Alice Munro, Sandra Cisneros, and Lorrie Moore (to name a few).

We Are the Stories We Tell is also available from Pantheon.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This is a masterly collection of the work of writers who almost invariably deliver the deep pleasures of first-rate literature. It is a joy and a privilege simply to hold it in one’s hands.”
—Vivian Gornick
 
“Engrossing, inventive, inspiring, the stories gathered here testify to the range and richness of women’s literary traditions as they have triumphantly moved into the twenty-first century. Wendy Martin’s shrewd selections document contemporary complexities along with the enduring powers of the authorial imagination. Read and rejoice.”
—Sandra M. Gilbert, author of The Madwoman in the Attic
 
“Reading these sparkling stories by contemporary masters is pure pleasure. No sooner did I finish one than I was drawn into the next. Together they constitute an eloquent tribute to the fine art of American short fiction.”
—Alix Kates Shulman, author of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen
 
“This wonderful collection gives us a rich sense of the varieties of female experience, allowing us to experience nuanced, insightful, gripping, and sometimes humorous accounts of the emotional and cultural-political worlds in which women create their lives.”
—Nancy J. Chodorow, author of The Reproduction of Mothering
 
More Stories We Tell builds a many-chambered honeycomb out of myriad female experiences, and the whole is subtly greater than the sum of the intricate parts. The anthology is a pleasure to read from beginning to end—expertly selected fiction that would be at home in any ‘Best Of’ collection. A book to give as well as to savor.”
—Diane Middlebrook, author of Her Husband: Hughes and Plath—A Marriage
Publishers Weekly
Following editor Martin's 1990 anthology, We Are the Stories We Tell, this volume matches-and perhaps even surpasses-its predecessor. Martin's goal, she writes in her introduction, is "to provide representative narratives that are a pleasure to read and portray women's experiences in the final decades of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first," and her anthology delivers on both fronts. Its roster is a virtual who's who of contemporary letters, featuring writers who rose to prominence in the 1970s and '80s (Ann Beattie, Bobbie Ann Mason), the '90s (Mary Gaitskill, Lorrie Moore) and the current decade (Jhumpa Lahiri, ZZ Packer). Joyce Carol Oates's "Love, Forever" shocks and chills in just four pages, as a mother murders to keep her lover. Alice Munro proves again her incomparable ability to capture entire lifetimes while retaining the intimacy of singular moments in "Floating Bridge." Amy Hempel's "Beg, Sl Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep" is a gorgeous story of loss, healing and obsessive knitting. Writers who are sometimes overlooked, such as Kate Braverman, Toni Cade Bambara and Stephanie Vaughn, earn spots here as well. The narrator in Jamaica Kincaid's "Song of Roland" mourns that "joy is so short-lived there isn't enough time to dwell on its occurrence." But readers of this volume will find lasting pleasure in the strength, breadth and emotional resonance of the stories here; this book is a boon for any fan of contemporary writing by women. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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A follow-up to We are the Stories We Tell (1990), this volume seeks to gather "representative narratives that are a pleasure to read and that portray women's experiences in the final decades of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first." While a few of the 24 stories date from the 1970s and '80s, most are stories from the '90s by such well-known writers as Margaret Atwood, Sandra Cisneros, Gish Jen, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Louise Erdrich. The stories average about ten pages in length, but are nonetheless powerful for their brevity. While there are no surprises here, the richness and the range of the collection make this a valuable anthology. Short literary biographies of the authors follow the stories. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Random House, Pantheon, 362p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Patricia Moore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375714504
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/27/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 380,928
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Martin is chair of the Department of English at Claremont Graduate University. She is also the editor of We Are the Stories We Tell (available from Pantheon). She lives in Berkeley, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Editor's introduction
The lesson (1972) 3
The burning house (1979) 12
Big Bertha stories (1982) 30
Beg, Sl Tog, inc, cont, rep (1985) 48
Light can be both wave and particle (1989) 59
Able, Baker, Charlie, dog (1990) 83
Hairball (1991) 99
Silver water (1991) 115
Never Marry a Mexican (1991) 126
Love, forever (1992) 142
Song of Roland (1993) 146
The littoral zone (1996) 156
Tiny, smiling daddy (1997) 167
Who's Irish? (1998) 182
Dance in America (1998) 195
Ma, a memoir (1999) 206
A temporary matter (1999) 211
Enough (2000) 231
Floating bridge (2000) 239
Drinking coffee elsewhere (2000) 265
The passenger (2000) 288
The shawl (2001) 307
The birthday present (2001) 315
My father addresses me on the facts of old age (2002) 334
About the authors 345
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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    Wonderful Collection

    Martin has compiled a group of exceptional authors.
    These short stories resonate and transcend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2006

    Great Way to Sample North American Women Writers

    I very much appreciated how this anthology of contemporary short stories introduced (and re-introduced) me to many famous female writers whose names I may have heard over the years, but whose short stories I'd never read. Some short stories I loved so much that I immediately went out to get the writer's latest novel so I could read more. A great addition to my bookshelf!

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