The Best of the West IV: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri

The Best of the West IV: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri

by James Thomas
     
 

“We’re seeing a reinvention of our regional storytelling. It is our great good fortune. James and Denise Thomas are to be praised and praised.” —William Kittredge
The Imaginary West, the Real West, the New West, and the Old West converge in this celebration of that fascinating landscape. Selected from over 100 periodicals, 16 contemporary

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“We’re seeing a reinvention of our regional storytelling. It is our great good fortune. James and Denise Thomas are to be praised and praised.” —William Kittredge
The Imaginary West, the Real West, the New West, and the Old West converge in this celebration of that fascinating landscape. Selected from over 100 periodicals, 16 contemporary stories by both established writers and relative newcomers tell of the contradictions of a landscape where cowboys may wear tennis shoes and limos park near pickups, but it's still a long way between towns.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Of the omnibus's 20 stories, a few, like Elizabeth Tallent's superb ``No One's a Mystery,'' possess only indirect reference to the West, and others involve Southern characters and settings, pointing to the arbitrariness of classifying some literature by region. Richard Bausch's haunting ``The Man Who Knew Belle Starr'' is, in fact, also anthologized in Algonquin's New Stories From the South. Readers may wonder, too, why John Updike's ``Nevada,'' first published in the early '70s, is labeled here as ``new.'' Still, Thomas's ( Pictures, Moving ) first volume in a series includes many individual triumphs and, as a whole, it offers a provocative though bleak vision of American life far from the urban sprawl. Richard Ford and Raymond Carver satisfy with their customary deftness, and less-known writers account for pleasant surprises. Tom McNeal's ``True'' captures the sense of random violence that often tinges small Western towns, and Rick DeMarinis's ``Under the Wheat'' juxtaposes a man's doomed marriage with his work at nuclear silos for mesmeric effect. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393307931
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1991
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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