New Stories from the South 2010: The Year's Best [NOOK Book]

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Over the past twenty-five years, New Stories from the South has published the work of now well-known writers, including James Lee Burke, Andre Dubus, Barbara Kingsolver, John Sayles, Joshua Ferris, and Abraham Verghese and nurtured the talents of many others, including Larry Brown, Jill McCorkle, Brock Clarke, Lee Smith, and Daniel Wallace.

This twenty-fifth volume reachs out beyond the South to one of the most acclaimed short story writers ...
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New Stories from the South 2010: The Year's Best

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Overview

Over the past twenty-five years, New Stories from the South has published the work of now well-known writers, including James Lee Burke, Andre Dubus, Barbara Kingsolver, John Sayles, Joshua Ferris, and Abraham Verghese and nurtured the talents of many others, including Larry Brown, Jill McCorkle, Brock Clarke, Lee Smith, and Daniel Wallace.

This twenty-fifth volume reachs out beyond the South to one of the most acclaimed short story writers of our day. Guest editor Amy Hempel admits, “I’ve always had an affinity for writers from the South,” and in her choices, she’s identified the most inventive, heartbreaking, and chilling stories being written by Southerners all across the country.

From the famous (Rick Bass, Wendell Berry, Elizabeth Spencer, Wells Tower, Padgett Powell, Dorothy Allison, Brad Watson) to the finest new talents, Amy Hempel has selected twenty-five of the best, most arresting stories of the past year. The 2010 collection is proof of the enduring vitality of the short form and the vigor of this ever-changing yet time-honored series.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The 25 stories in this 25th annual anthology lean more toward "menace" than outright attack, and though it's true that some of the stories lack a certain bite, this year's outing is a solid addition to a worthy institution. In "Housewarming," Kevin Wilson charts a father's pain as he removes a drowned deer from his son's pond and tries to flush from the young man's life an abiding anger that swamps them both. In Rick Bass's "Fish Story" a man remembers the night he kept a massive catfish watered; the croaking thing refused to die, even as it was flayed. Toddlers, reptiles, parents, and predators alike stalk one another, but it's not animals who lurk in one of the best stories--Tim Gautreaux's "Idols"--it's the ghost of Flannery O'Connor. As Gautreaux says in the author's comments, he wanted to find out if two of her "famous characters could be ‘continued,' so to speak." They can if they're carried by Gautreaux, whose story reaffirms William Faulkner's assertion, and the series's preoccupation: "The past is never dead. It's not even past." (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616200237
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 406,169
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

A recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Artists Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Amy Hempel is the author of Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage and the coeditor of Unleashed. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications and have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Her Collected Stories was one of the New York Times’s ten best books of 2006. She won the Rea Award for the Short Story in 2008 and received the PEN/Malamud award for Short Fiction in 2009.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Amy Hempel ix

New Year's Weekend on the Hand Surgery Ward, Old Pilgrims' Hospital, Naples, Italy: From Narrative Magazine Adam Atlas 1

Fish Story: From The Atlantic Rick Bass 15

Noon: From The Idaho Review Brad Watson 26

Someone Ought to Tell her There's Nowhere to go: From A Public Space Danielle Evans 42

The Ascent: From Tin House Ron Rash 64

Small and Heavy World: From The Iowa Review Ashleigh Pedersen 75

A Burden: From The Oxford American Wendell Berry 93

The Cow that Milked Herself: From New South Megan Mayhew Bergman 106

Columbarium: From Appalachian Heritage George Singleton 114

Caiman: From AGNI Magazine Bret Anthony Johnston 121

Eraser: From One Story Ben Stroud 126

Housewarming: From The South Carolina Review Kevin Wilson 136

Jason Who Will Be Famous: From Tin House Dorothy Allison 151

Arsonists: From The Georgia Review Ann Pancake 163

Drive: From The Gettysburg Review Aaron Gwyn 181

The Green Belt: From Santa Monica Review Emily Quinlan 195

The Coldest Night of the Twentieth Century: From Tin House Stephen Marion 203

Cry for Help From France: From Subtropics Padgett Powell 223

Nightblooming: From The Paris Review Kenneth Calboun 226

Discovered America: From Southwest Review Marjorie Kemper 241

Return Trip: From Five Points Elizabeth Spencer 256

Idols: From The New Yorker Tim Gautreaux 273

This Trembling Earth: From Natural Bridge Laura Lee Smith 297

Visitation: From The New Yorker Brad Watson 312

Retreat: From McSweeney's Wells Tower 331

Appendix 359

Previous Volumes 369

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