First Sightings: Contemporary Stories About American Youth

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"With its gamut of emotions, issues and real-life situations, this volume provides high quality reading that all Americans can identify with."―Publishers Weekly

Twenty stories, arranged by age of the protagonists, from 4 to 18. Contributors include Barbara Kingsolver, John Updike, Ethan Canin, Ernest J. Gaines, Gish Jen, Alice Walker, Michael Chabon, Toni Cade Bambara, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Roth, and more.

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John Loughery is the author of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize finalist John Sloan: Painter and Rebel and has edited the anthologies First Sightings: Contemporary Stories of American Youth, Into the Widening World: International Coming-of-Age Stories, and The Eloquent Essay: An Anthology of Classic & Creative Nonfiction. He teaches English at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City.

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Book Description PERSEA BOOKS INC, United States, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. First Sightings: Contemporary Stories of American Youth collects twenty stories written by some of our best fiction writers. Chosen for their insight and literary quality, the stories range across age, gender, ethnicity, and circumstance to reflect the experience of coming of age in the United States today. The approximate chronological arrangement of the stories, according to the age of the main character (from three to eighteen), offers an intriguing view of a young person s natural progress toward independence. In the first story, Should Wizard Hit Mommy? by John Updike, a three-year-old from a comfortable family can be lulled to sleep only by her father s bedtime stories, which aren t always as innocent as they seem. In Too Much His Father s Son, Genaro Gonzalez depicts a nine-year-old boy from a poor, rural family who is struggling to do right by both his parents, and by himself, as a marriage breaks apart and everyone takes sides. In stories of the early teenage years, issues of sexuality and social life arise: Toni Cade Bambara s A Girl s Story concerns the onset of menstruation; Melanie Rae Thon s character Iona Moon experiences the injustice of sexual double standards; and Richard McCann offers a perceptive portrait of a young man coming to terms with his homosexuality. In the last two stories in the collection - A Sudden Trip Home in the Spring by Alice Walker and Lies by Ethan Canin - young people now on the brink of adulthood face crucial decisions about marriage, career, and identity. But now, prepared or not, the decisions are their own - and that fact makes all the difference. Americans - and American writers - have always had a particular fascination for youth. With great skill and honesty, the writers in First Sightings dramatize and celebrate a time of life that is inherently interesting and complex. The authors included in the collection are Toni Cade Bambara, Bill Barich, Gina Berriault, Ethan Canin, Michael Chabon, Ernest J. Gaine. Seller Inventory # BZV9780892551873

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