Best stories of the American West. Volume 1

Format: Print Book 2007
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Northland Public Library Fiction FIC BEST
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC BEST
 
 
Summary
Here is the first in a series of collections of the best contemporary writing to come from the American West - short stories by a diverse group of writers - young and old, male and female, well-known and not-so-known. And for the first time there appears, side-by-side with these, the work of so-called "traditional" Western writers, such as Max Evans and Elmer Kelton, and the "literary" contingent, represented by William Kittredge and Valerie Miner. Best Stories of the American West reflects the extraordinary diversity of the culture and lifestyles of the American West. Stories by Sherman Alexie, Melanie Rae Thon, and Lannan Award winner Luis Alberto Urrea center on the world of Indian Country, a world unknown to most Americans but crucial to an understanding of American society as a whole. Elmore Leonard deals with violence and justice; Richard Cass and Steven Patterson offer dramatic stories of women engaged in perilous worlds of work and sex. Max Evans describes a cowboy life that is, in a curious way, the other side of the coin of Brokeback Mountain. There is an all-pervading, tragic sense of history in John Graves's "The Last Running." Well-known film director and author John Sayles offers a unique view of the working man's Hollywood, and Geronimo Tagatac, of Filipino heritage, takes the reader through an immigrant experience typical of the West. In Drum Hadley's "Southwest Stories," poetry and prose merge into the tradition of mythic storytelling going back to Mark Twain and Bret Harte and returning to the present day of Gary Snyder and others. Idaho-born and -bred John Rember uses metaphor and humor to tell a story of sadness, growth, and love in "Sudden Death, Over Time," which appears in print here for the first time. Taken together, these twenty stories, five appearing for the first time in print, create an unparalleled picture of an enormously complex region on the map as well as a gallery of memorable characters and human conflicts.
Contents
What ever happened to Frank Snake Church? / Sherman Alexie
Red River crossing / Johnny D. Boggs
Come back / Richard Cass
Once a cowboy / Max Evans
Snow cave / Pete Fromm
The last running / John Graves
The teachings of bronc buster Billy Brown / Drum Hadley
Continuity / Elmer Kelton
Looking glass / William Kittredge
The hard way / Elmore Leonard
Among the living amidst the trees / Bruce Machart
Vital signs / Valerie Miner
Aground and aloft / Steven Patterson
Sudden death, over time / John Rember
Dillinger in Hollywood / John Sayles
Preserves / Robert Stubblefield
Stretched toward him like a dark whale / Geronimo Tagatac
Confession for Raymond Good Bird / Melanie Rae Thon
Bid farewell to her many horses / Luis Alberto Urrea
Hearts / Richard S. Wheeler.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Taking the West more as a geographic indicator than a genre heading, this collection boasts a surprisingly wide range of stories, from Sherman Alexie's tale of an aging would-be Indian basketball star struggling through crisis and vigorous reinvention, to windies from traditional westerners Max Evans, Elmer Kelton, and Richard Wheeler, and more poignant, graceful takes on family, friendship, and perseverance from Valerie Miner and Bruce Machart. Many of the authors deal with themes of loss, particularly as the generation once-removed from the last frontiersmen dies off, taking with them the remaining vestige of life in the wilder days of the West. But the exuberant, strong-willed spirit endures, even if the cowboys have traded in steeds for pickups and open-range ranching for modern agricultural textbook science. The issue remains survival in a tough world and a hard-won terrain, with a wistful gaze looking back, to be sure, but steeled to the path ahead, be it dusty or paved. A fine start to what should become an outstanding series. --Ian Chipman Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Western stories.
Southwestern States -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Forge,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Jaffe, Marc.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Description 316 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780765310897 (hardcover)
0765310899 (hardcover)
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