The Granta Book of the American Short Story: Volume Two

Overview

Richard Ford, one of the finest American novelists and short-story writers, introduced the first Granta Book of the American Short Story, which Granta Books published in 1992. It became the definitive anthology of American short fiction written in the last half of the twentieth century. In the fourteen years since, Ford has been reading new stories and rereading old ones and selecting new favourites. This new collection, again of more than forty writers, expands Ford's original choice to include stories that he ...

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Overview

Richard Ford, one of the finest American novelists and short-story writers, introduced the first Granta Book of the American Short Story, which Granta Books published in 1992. It became the definitive anthology of American short fiction written in the last half of the twentieth century. In the fourteen years since, Ford has been reading new stories and rereading old ones and selecting new favourites. This new collection, again of more than forty writers, expands Ford's original choice to include stories that he regretted overlooking first time around as well as many by a new generation of writers, among them Sherman Alexie, Junot Diaz, Deborah Eisenberg, Nell Freudenberg, Matt Klam, Jhumpa Lahiri and Z. Z. Packer. None of the stories (though a few of the writers) was in the first volume. Published to critical acclaim in hardback in 2007, this book is an essential companion volume to the first collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847089786
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Sales rank: 388,951
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Ford

Richard Ford's story collections include Rock Springs, Women Without Men, and A Multitude of Sins. His novel Independence Day was the first novel to win both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His latest novel, The Lay of the Land, was published in 2006.

Biography

Richard Ford lived with his parents in Jackson, Mississippi, until he was eight years old, at which time his father suffered a near-fatal heart attack. After that, he shuttled back and forth between his parents' home in Jackson and Little Rock, Arkansas, where his maternal grandparents managed a hotel. Ford describes his childhood as happy and contented -- at least until he was 16, when his father died and the young man began to seriously think about his future.

Although he attended Michigan State University with the vague intention of going into hotel management, Ford soon switched over to literature. After graduation, he married his college sweetheart, Kristina Hensley, but was having trouble settling on a career direction. He applied for several jobs (including the police and the CIA!) and even started law school. It was only after none of these panned out that he begin to consider writing for a living. On the advice of a former teacher, he applied to graduate school and was accepted into the University of California at Irvine, where he came under the happy, unexpected tutelage of Oakley Hall and E. L. Doctorow.

He began work on his first novel, the story of two drifters whose lives intersect on a desolate island in the Mississippi River. An excerpt appeared in The Paris Review, and the book was accepted for publication. In 1976, A Piece of My Heart was released to good reviews, but Ford bristled at being pigeonholed by critics as a regional writer. "I'm a Southerner, God knows," Ford said in an interview with the literary journal Ploughshares, "but I always wanted my books to exist outside the limits of so-called Southern writing."

In the early '80s, Ford's wife (who holds a Ph.D. in urban planning) was teaching at NYU, and the couple was living in Princeton, New Jersey. Disillusioned with novel writing, Ford took a job with the glossy New York magazine Inside Sports, but in 1982 the magazine folded, leaving him unemployed again. Tentatively he returned to fiction with the glimmer of a story idea based loosely on his most recent experiences. Several years in the making, The Sportswriter introduced Frank Bascombe, a middle-aged writer from suburban New Jersey who forsakes his promising literary career to pen articles for a glossy New York magazine. Published in 1986, the novel was named one of Time magazine's five best books of the year and was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award.

Ford claims that he never intended to write a trilogy around Frank Bascombe. But, in between other literary projects (including an acclaimed 1987 short story collection, Rock Springs), he found himself inexorably drawn back into the life of his melancholic protagonist. In 1995, the superb sequel, Independence Day, won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Then, in 2006, Ford concluded the saga with The Lay of the Land, a bittersweet set piece nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

Although Ford modestly maintained that the only reason he won the Pulitzer Prize was that Philip Roth had not written a novel that year, in fact his angst-ridden suburban Everyman Frank Bascombe ranks alongside Roth's Nathan Zuckerman (or, for that matter, John Updike's Rabbit Angstrom) as one of American literature's most unforgettable, richly drawn characters. For a man who stumbled into writing with very little forethought or design, Richard Ford has indeed come far.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      February 16, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Jackson, Mississippi
    1. Education:
      B.A., Michigan State University, 1966; M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, 1970

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Ladies in Spring Eudora Welty 1

Reunion John Cheever 14

Ship Island: The Story of a Mermaid Elizabeth Spencer 17

Friends Grace Paley 43

The Artificial Nigger Flannery O’Connor 55Louise Erdrichand Tobias Wolff

Oh, Joseph, I’m So Tired Richard Yates 75

Me and Miss Mandible Donald Barthelme 98

Natural Color John Updike 110

The Half-Skinned Steer Annie Proulx 120

Killings Andre Dubus 135

Helping Robert Stone 153

Errand Raymond Carver 180

Where Is Here? Joyce Carol Oates 192

The Management of Grief Bharati Mukherjee 201

The Palatski Man Stuart Dybek 217

Get Some Young Barry Hannah 233

The Farm Joy Williams 262

Mr. Green Robert Olen Butler 275

The Pugilist at Rest Thom Jones 285

Ancient History Richard Bausch 303

Firelight Tobias Wolff 322

The Custodian Deborah Eisenberg 333

The Rabbit Hole as Likely Explanation Ann Beattie 358

The Miracle at Ballinspittle T. C. Boyle 381

American Stories 14/5/08 13:02 Page v

Work Denis Johnson 390

Nothing to Ask For Dennis McFarland 397

Grit Tom Franklin 412

A New Man Edward P. Jones 433

Blue Boy Kevin Canty 446

Anthropology Andrea Lee 462

The Plague of Doves Louise Erdrich 474

A Romantic Weekend Mary Gaitskill 487

Two Dogs Steve Yarbrough 507

People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling

in Peed Onk Lorrie Moore 525

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline George Saunders 556

Issues I Dealt With in Therapy Matthew Klam 573

The Toughest Indian in the World Sherman Alexie 603

A Temporary Matter Jhumpa Lahiri 614

Aurora Junot Díaz 631

The Tumblers Nathan Englander 643

Devotion Adam Haslett 666

The Ant of the Self ZZ Packer 681

Stars of Motown Shining Bright Julie Orringer 704

Lucky Girls Nell Freudenberger 727

Acknowledgements 751

 

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