The Flannery O'Connor Award: Selected Stories

The Flannery O'Connor Award: Selected Stories

by Charles East
     
 

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A tribute to the art of the short story and an anthology of some of today's most exciting writers, this tenth anniversary volume brings together one story from each of the twenty-one winners of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.

The Flannery O'Connor Award was established to encourage gifted young writers by bringing their work to the attention

Overview

A tribute to the art of the short story and an anthology of some of today's most exciting writers, this tenth anniversary volume brings together one story from each of the twenty-one winners of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.

The Flannery O'Connor Award was established to encourage gifted young writers by bringing their work to the attention of readers and reviewers. The first volume in the series was published in 1983 to critical acclaim, and the award has since become an important proving ground for new writers.

Including some of the most memorable stories published in this country during the last decade, The Flannery O'Connor Award is a showcase for the talent and promise that have brough about a resurgence in the short story, as well as testimony to the vitality of the genre.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Established in 1981, partially as a response to commercial publishing's apparent preference of the novel over the short story form, the Flannery O'Connor Award competition invites only collections of stories to be submitted for consideration. Thus far 21 practitioners of the genre have won the award: publication by the University of Georgia Press. This volume brings together one story by each of the past winners. Skillfully crafted, eclectic both in subject matter and narrative style, these tales by such emerging writers as Molly Giles, Salvatore La Puma, Tony Ardizzone and others testify to the durabilty of the genre. In the best of them, memory--whether tinged with loss or heightened by hope--enhances voice and confers the ring of truth. In ``Inside Dope,'' Gail Galloway Adams's protagonist remembers with painful clarity her brother-in-law Bisher, ``a type, if men don't recognize, at least the women will.'' A bicycle painted ``Peacock Blue'' in boyhood reminds Francois Camion's narrator of a time in his life when innocence was pushed aside for tragedy; Susan Neville's beautifully wrought ``Banquet'' eloquently mirrors the mind of a dying old woman as she observes and reminisces about her loved ones at a family gathering; wry good humor touched by pathos buoys the nostalgic reflection in Antonya Nelson's ``The Expendables,'' wherein Gypsies and Sicilians and weddings and funerals clash to resounding effect; and in an achingly poignant tale from Philip F. Deaver, ``Wilbur Gray Falls In Love With An Idea,'' the eponymous narrator, haunted by loss, battles depression and grief by running ``six miles a day, rain or shine.'' (June)
Library Journal
The Flannery O'Connor award, established by a university press to encourage new writers of short fiction, celebrates its tenth annniversary with this volume, an anthology of 21 stories taken from books that won the prize. Most of the works collected here are by published authors who teach in college or university writing programs; some are more memorable or reminiscent of O'Connor than others. Standouts include Molly Giles's ``Pie Dance,'' in which a divorcee dances with her dog as she decides to give up her cheating ex-husband, and Melissa Pritchard's ``La Bete,'' in which an obese laundress wins fleeting fame as an artist's model. Libraries that collect other award series, such as the O'Henry Prize or Best American Short Stories, will want to add this anthology.-- Nancy Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C.
Booknews
A tenth-anniversary celebratory volume, containing one story from each of the first 21 short story collections published in the U. of Georgia Press' Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction series. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820315249
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
02/01/1993
Series:
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Charles East has served as editor of the Flannery O' Connor Award for Short Fiction series since it was established. 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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