Playboy Stories: The Best of Forty Years of Short Fiction

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Synopsis: An anthology of short stories that originally appeared in Playboy magazine presents tales by Bashevis Singer, Gordimer, Garci+a7a Ma+a7rquez, Nabokov, Borges, Malamud, Shaw, Updike, Tom McGuane, Corraghessan Boyle, and others. 25,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo.

From Booklist: The usual big names are here (including Philip Roth, Irwin Shaw, Johns Updike and Cheever, and the ubiquitous Joyce Carol Oates), but up-and-comers are featured prominently. And editor Turner deserves praise for including several stories by women authors; in fact, two standouts are Laurie Colwin's poignant "My Mistress" and Bharati Mukherjee's electric "The Middle Man." Two long pieces--Nelson Algren's take on Depression-era carnival life, "The Last Carousel," and Norman Mailer's bizarre tale of black masses and Joan of Arc, "Trail of the Warlock"--are balanced by stories with traditional O. Henry-style endings, such as Roald Dahl's chilling "A Fine Son," Thomas McGuane's blunt "Like a Leaf," Bernard Malamud's wise "Naked Nude," and T. Coraghessan Boyle's funny-sad "Modern Love." There's even a laugh-out-loud "lost" segment of Catch-22, in which Joseph Heller's Yossarian determines baseball and basketball to be the stupidest sports ever invented. Glittering entries from Nabokov, Gabriel Garc{¡}ia M{ }arquez, Isaac Bashevis Singer, James Baldwin, and Haruki Murakami round out the A list, with fascinating oddball curios like Jack Kerouac's "Good Blonde," Robert Coover's bizarre "Lucky Pierre in the Doctor's Office," and John Gardner's frightening "Julius Caesar and the Werewolf" putting the finishing touches on a grand collection. Joe Collins

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