Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3

Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3

by Kevin Brockmeier
     
 

A city in a bottle. Kings. Genies. Jane Austen and Frankenstein. Grandmothers at sea . . . The acclaimed Best American Fantasy series continues with 20 stories chosen by best-selling writer Kevin Brockmeier. With stories by established writers, such as Peter S. Beagle, Laura Kasischke, Jeffrey Ford, and Lisa Goldstein, alongside tales by brilliant newcomers

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A city in a bottle. Kings. Genies. Jane Austen and Frankenstein. Grandmothers at sea . . . The acclaimed Best American Fantasy series continues with 20 stories chosen by best-selling writer Kevin Brockmeier. With stories by established writers, such as Peter S. Beagle, Laura Kasischke, Jeffrey Ford, and Lisa Goldstein, alongside tales by brilliant newcomers like Kellie Wells, Thomas Glave, Ryan Boudinot, and Rebecca Makkai, Real Unreal delivers a richly diverse experience of contemporary fiction. Guest editor Brockmeier knows fantasy inside and out: he is the recipient of three O. Henry Awards, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and an Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award. His stories have been published widely, including The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney's, and The Oxford American, and have been reprinted in Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and the first volume of The Best American Fantasy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brockmeier (The Brief History of the Dead) compiles 20 eclectic and exceptional stories that “graft” fantasy with realistic fiction for this third installment of the annual anthology cofounded by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Standout selections include Stephen King's poignant “The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates,” in which a woman receives a phone call from her recently deceased husband, and two World Fantasy Award finalists: Peter S. Beagle's “Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel,” an exploration of redemption and salvation as an angel demands to be a 76-year-old painter's muse, and John Kessel's “Pride and Prometheus,” a mashup uniting Pride and Prejudice's plain sister, Mary Bennet, and Victor Frankenstein. These and other wildly imaginative tales will appeal to fans of fantasy and literary fiction alike. (Feb.)
Library Journal
From Ramona Ausubel's surrealistic tale of a ship filled with grandmothers on a voyage to nowhere ("Safe Passage") to Katie Williams's quirky look at a world both like and unlike our own ("Serials"), this collection of 20 stories by a group of modern authors that includes Lisa Goldstein, Peter S. Beagle, and Stephen King presents a varied collection of speculative and imaginative fiction that stretches the boundaries of fantasy. VERDICT Stylistic elegance and literary acumen mark these stories, which will appeal primarily to fans of literary fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780980226089
Publisher:
Resurrection House
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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