The Anchor book of new American short stories

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Anchor
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Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 808.831 A
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Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  808.831 A
"In twenty-nine separate but ingenious ways, these stories seek permanent residence within a reader. They strive to become an emotional or intellectual cargo that might accompany us wherever, or however, we go. . . . If we are made by what we read, if language truly builds people into what they are, how they think, the depth with which they feel, then these stories are, to me, premium material for that construction project. You could build a civilization with them." --Ben Marcus, from the Introduction

Award-winning author of Notable American Women Ben Marcus brings us this engaging and comprehensive collection of short stories that explore the stylistic variety of the medium in America today.

Sea Oak by George Saunders
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
Do Not Disturb by A.M. Homes
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
The Caretaker by Anthony Doerr
The Old Dictionary by Lydia Davis
The Father's Blessing by Mary Caponegro
The Life and Work of Alphonse Kauders by Aleksandar Hemon
People Shouldn't Have to be the Ones to Tell You by Gary Lutz
Histories of the Undead by Kate Braverman
When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine by Jhumpa Lahiri
Down the Road by Stephen Dixon
X Number of Possibilities by Joanna Scott
Tiny, Smiling Daddy by Mary Gaitskill
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
The Sound Gun by Matthew Derby
Short Talks by Anne Carson
Field Events by Rick Bass
Scarliotti and the Sinkhole by Padgett Powell
Sea Oak / George Saunders
Everything ravaged, everything burned / Wells Tower
Do not disturb / A.M. Homes
Gentleman's agreement / Mark Richard
Girl in the flammable skirt / Aimee Bender
Caretaker / Anthony Doerr
I'm slavering / Sam Lipsyte
Old dictionary / Lydia Davis
Father's blessing / Mary Caponegro
Life and work of Alphonse Kauders / Aleksandar Hemon
Paperhanger / William Gay
People shouldn't have to be the ones to tell you / Gary Lutz
Histories of the undead / Kate Braverman
You drive / Christine Schutt
When Mr. Pirzada came to dine / Jhumpa Lahiri
Down the road / Stephen Dixon
All American / Diane Williams
X number of possibilities / Joanna Scott
Two brothers / Brian Evenson
Tiny, smiling daddy / Mary Gaitskill
Someone to talk to / Deborah Eisenberg
Brief interviews with hideous men / David Foster Wallace
Where I work / Ann Cummins
Sound gun / Matthew Derby
Short talks / Anne Carson
Up the Old Goat Road / Dawn Raffel
Scarliotti and the sinkhole / Padgett Powell
Letters to Wendy's / Joe Wenderoth
Field events / Rick Bass.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: ""Writers are reaffirming tradition, ignoring it, or subverting it," Marcus notes in the introduction to this wide-ranging collection of stories from contemporary writers. Including writers such as Rick Bass, David Foster Wallace, and A. M. Homes, Marcus has collected quite a diverse group of talented authors. Jhumpa Lahiri's offering, "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dinner," from her acclaimed collection The Interpreter of Maladies 0 (1999), is the story of a how a young girl is deeply affected by Mr. Pirzada, a friend of her parents, and his separation from his wife and seven daughters, who are caught in the middle of the Indian-Pakistani conflict. In Lydia Davis' "The Old Dictionary," the narrator realizes she handles a delicate old dictionary more carefully than her own young son. In Stephen Dixon's "Down the Road," a man tries to carry his lover when they both can barely continue their long journey. Different readers will likely prefer some selections to others, but all will have to agree that Marcus has collected a respectable sampling of some of today's finest writers. --Kristine Huntley Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Short stories, American.
American fiction -- 20th century.
American fiction -- 21st century.
United States -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Anchor Books,2004
Contributors Marcus, Ben, 1967- editor.
Language English
Description xvi, 480 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781400034826
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