Best Stories of the American West, Volume I (Volume 1)

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Here is a collection of the best contemporary short stories of the American West 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, the work of so-called "traditional" Western writers, such as Max Evans, Elmer Kelton, and Elmore Leonard, and the "literary" contingent, represented by William Kittredge, Valerie Miner, and Luis Alberto Urrea.
Taken together, these twenty-two stories, five appearing for the first time in print, create an unparalleled picture of an enormously complex region and a gallery of memorable characters and human conflicts.

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MARC JAFFE, an editor and publisher--for eighteen years Editorial Director at Bantam Books--has had decades-long experience with writing of the West, beginning with his first job in publishing as Western Editor at New American Library.

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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
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