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The Best American Short Stories 2002

ISBN 10: 0618117490 / ISBN 13: 9780618117499
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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0618117490 With Ford, Doctorow, Chabon, Munro, Arthur Miller, etc. Bookseller Inventory # 004420

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Title: The Best American Short Stories 2002

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Story for story, readers can’t beat The Best American Short Stories series . . . Each year it offers the opportunity to dive into the current trends and fresh voices that define the modern American short story” (Chicago Tribune). This year’s most beloved short fiction anthology is edited by the best-selling novelist Sue Miller, author of While I Was Gone, and, most recently, The World Below. The volume includes stories by Edwidge Danticat, Jill McCorkle, E. L. Doctorow, Arthur Miller, and Akhil Sharma, among others.

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In her opening remarks to The Best American Short Stories 2002, guest editor Sue Miller notes the difficulty of reading fiction produced during 2001, the year of the September 11 terrorist attacks. She also remarks that by the time she had finalized her 20 selections, this act of reading had restored her faith both in fiction's significance and its ability to tap into timeless themes. The 2002 anthology includes stories best described as realist fiction or traditional fiction, many set in contemporary times. The tales range from E.L. Doctorow's "A House on the Plains," a murder set at the turn of the century, to pieces with more recent settings, like "Puppy" by Richard Ford, which shows how a New Orleans couple deals--or doesn't deal--with the appearance of a stray dog. Both Jhumpa Lahiri's "Nobody's Business" and Edwidge Danticat's "Seven" deftly portray the disconnection a semi-assimilated Indian American and Haitian American couple experience both as partners and as U.S. citizens. Leonard Michael's "Nachman from Los Angeles," in contrast, adds some levity to the mix. Miller adds in her preface that maybe next year the tales will depart further from tradition, but judging from this volume no departure is necessary: the selections take the reader on a delightful journey through some of America's best contemporary writers. --Jane Hodges

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