Praised early on by Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walkauthor Ben Fountain and The Weight of Blood author Laura McHugh, COOLEST AMERICAN STORIES is a new annual short story anthology whose guiding philosophy is that a collection of interesting "full meal" short stories could, as one @JustCoolStories Twitter follower put it, "make America cool again."
Toward this end, COOLEST AMERICAN STORIES 2022 features a previously unpublished story by the multi-major-book-award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland S. A. Cosby; the timeless, previously unpublished short story that led Tina Brown to sign Frances Park's When My Sister Was Cleopatra Moon; and Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin's heartfelt rendering of married life that apparently was too startling for the editors of several university-affiliated literary magazines.
And since interesting storytelling—rather than a list of publishing credits—matters most to story-hungry readers, COOLEST AMERICAN STORIES 2022 also includes a page-turner about dating in Hollywood written by MFA student Megan Ritchie; Brooklyn native D.Z. Stone's very first published fiction, a hilarious love story that celebrates the power of women; a heartbreaking account of adult siblinghood authored by David Ebenbach—among others in this treasure trove of unputdownable, sharply written stories loaded with twists and turns.
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Table of Contents
Shepherd's Hell Lori D. Johnson 1
Spies D.Z. Stone 18
Good Actors Megan Ritchie 47
Pantera Rex S. A. Cosby 64
The Summer My Sister Was Cleopatra Moon Frances Park 73
Boss John Jeffire 92
All of This is Water David Ebenbach 132
Habitat Susan Tacent 149
Blue Martini Barbara DeMarco-Barrett 168
Therapunitive Intervention Matthew Goldberg 192
Happy Birthday, Honey Vanlandingham Lee Martin 208
The Tallest Mountain in the World Michael Hopkins 232
Fifth of July Mary Taugher 255
Contributors' Notes 279
About the Editors 299