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The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories

The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories

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by Tobias Wolff
     
 

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The thirty-three stories in this volume prove that American short fiction maybe be our most distinctive national art form. As selected and introduced by Tobias Wolff, they also make up an alternate map of the United States that represents not just geography but narrative traditions, cultural heritage, and divergent approaches.

Contributors and stories

Overview

The thirty-three stories in this volume prove that American short fiction maybe be our most distinctive national art form. As selected and introduced by Tobias Wolff, they also make up an alternate map of the United States that represents not just geography but narrative traditions, cultural heritage, and divergent approaches.

Contributors and stories include: Mary Gaitskill, "A Romantic Weekend"; Thom Jones, "A White Horse";  Andre Dubus, "The Fat Girl"; Tim O'Brien, "The Things They Carried"; Chris Offutt, "Aunt Granny Lith"; Raymond Carver, "Cathedral"; Joyce Carol Oates, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"; Robert Stone, "Helping";  Mona Simpson, "Lawns";  Ann Beattie, "A Vintage Thunderbird"; Jamaica Kincaid, "Girl"; Stuart Dybek, "Chopin in Water"; Barry Hannah, "Testimony of Pilot";  John Edgar Wideman, "Daddy Garbage"; Ron Hansen, "Wickedness"; Denis Johnson, "Emergency"; Edward P. Jones, "The First Day"; John L'Heureux, "Departures"; Ralph Lombreglia, "Men Under Water"; Leonard Michaels, "Murderers"; Robert Olmstead, "Cody's Story"; Jayne Anne Phillips, "Home"; Susan Power, "Moonwalk"; Amy Tan, "Rules of the Game"; Stephanie Vaughn, "Dog Heaven"; Joy Williams, "Train"; Dorothy Allison, "River of Names"; Richard Bausch, "All The Way in Flagstaff, Arizona"; Carol Bly, "Talk of Heroes"; Scott Bradfield, "The Darling"; Kate Braverman, "Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta"; Richard Ford, "Rock Springs"; and Allan Gurganus, "Minor Heroism."

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Editor Wolff (This Boy's Life, LJ 1/89) describes the stories he selected for this volume as representing a reaction to the postmodern, self-conscious fictional attitude emerging from the Sixties. Realistic and convincing, these voices of the past decade and a half create a sense of kinship that remains with readers as insistently as do their own memories. This collection gives us 33 well-chosen stories. Side by side with classics by favorite writers-Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, Richard Ford-are recent contributions by Dennis Johnson, Allan Gurganus, Thom Jones, and others. While these diverse stories defy categorization as an identifiable trend in writing, they do share exuberance and clarity, offering depictions of often painful contemporary situations softened by humor and honesty. Highly recommended.-Eleanor Mitchell Arizona State Univ., West Phoenix

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679745136
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
526,934
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Order arrived promptly and in great condition, but I haven't actually started reading the stories yet.
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Many diverse short stories that cover a range of not only authors but also topics, themes, and styles of writing. You may not like all the short stories in this collection, but you will certainly find a few hidden gems. Don't read this book from cover to cover, skip around to different stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is packed with 500 pages lots of great, lots of good, and maybe just one or two stories I didn't connect with. I won't call them bad, because anyone is bound not to like something here and there. Overall, it's a fantastic value - definitely outstanding. Tobias Wolff did a great job as editor of this volume. You can read each of these stories in about 20 or 30 minutes. In this collection I particularly liked the stories by Ann Beattie, John L'Hereaux, Mona Simpson, Raymond Carver, Thom Jones, and that guy who wrote Jesus' Son. That guy's story is craazzy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a group of realistic stories of realistic aspects of life in which something such as abuse may have occurred--not just a group of happy stories. It's great if one doesn't want the cold, hard world filtered out of one's stories.