Critically acclaimed novelist and short story writer Richard Bausch continues the tradition of identifying the best young writers on the cusp of their careers in this year’s volume of Best New American Voices. Here are stories culled from hundreds of writing programs such as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Johns Hopkins and from summer conferences such as Sewanee and Bread Loafas well as a complete list of contact information for these programs. This collection showcases tomorrow’s literary stars: Julie Orringer, Adam Johnson, William Gay, David Benioff, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Maile Meloy, Amanda Davis, Jennifer Vanderbes, and John Murray are just some of the acclaimed authors whose early work has appeared in this series since its launch in 2000. The best new American voices are heard here first.
About the Author
John Kulka is executive editor-at-large at Harvard University Press and lives in Connecticut.
Natalie Danford is a freelance writer and book critic whose work has appeared in People, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and many other publications. She is the author of a novel, Inheritance, and lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Richard Bausch xiii
Alice by Tucker Capps 1
Inheritance by Jedediah Berry 42
Uncle by Suzanne Rivecca 58
The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller by Christopher Stokes 78
Quiet Men by Leslie Jamison 97
Early Humans by Garth Risk Hallberg 131
Horizon by Peter Mountford 160
Surfacing by Lauren Groff 176
Headlock by Dan Pinkerton 204
Mouse by Jordan McMullin 225
Alms by Razia Sultana Khan 243
Men More Than Mortal by Elizabeth Kadetsky 257
Men and Boys by Oriane Gabrielle Delfosse 277
The Wizard of Khao-I-Dang by Sharon May 301
Venn Diagram by David James Poissant 321
The Neon Desert by Adam Stumacher 338
No One Here Says What They Mean by Stefan McKinstray 363