New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2006

New Stories from the South The Year s Best We launch into our third decade by welcoming a guest editor to select and introduce each year s collection and who better to inaugurate the change than Allan Gurganus He has combed through hundreds of

  • Title: New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2006
  • Author: Allan Gurganus Kathy Pories
  • ISBN: 9781565125315
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • We launch into our third decade by welcoming a guest editor to select and introduce each year s collection and who better to inaugurate the change than Allan Gurganus He has combed through hundreds of short stories written in 2005 to assemble a muscular array of talent, twenty stories ranging from low down, high octane farce to dark, erotic suspense.This year s volume comWe launch into our third decade by welcoming a guest editor to select and introduce each year s collection and who better to inaugurate the change than Allan Gurganus He has combed through hundreds of short stories written in 2005 to assemble a muscular array of talent, twenty stories ranging from low down, high octane farce to dark, erotic suspense.This year s volume combines seasoned writers like Tony Earley, Wendell Berry, and George Singleton with gifted newcomers, including Keith Lee Morris, Erin Brooks Worley and J D Chapman Their stories range from a communal love poem for a hunting dog, to a tale of a newly rich retiree trying to micromanage a Hollywood movie and losing his trophy wife to each new young screenwriter, to a harrowing work about a Virginia slave woman burned alive for witchcraft.As Gurganus writes in his introduction, The only region of the U.S ever to declare war on every other region of the nation won if not that great gray fib of secession, then most of the recuperating country s truest stories.

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    1. I’m generally leery about these “best of” collections—the quality of the work is almost always spotty, and one frequently gets the sense that it wasn’t so much the “best of” as “the best way” – to pay back friends, to promote students, to curry favor. The fact that such series not infrequently choose guest editors like Beck or the mega-novelist/screenwriter of the moment, rather than people whom we might reasonably expect to possess a certain amount of judgment with regard to [...]

    2. I listened to the audio book back and forth to several out-of-town meetings lately. There were a few stories I did not really care for, but, for the most part, this is a really solid collection. There were a few that made me laugh, a couple that brought tears to my eyes and many that made me see the South clear as a bell. The narrators (a different one for each story) sounded authentic as well. It was nice that a story set in Georgia had someone reading with a Georgia accent, while an Alabama st [...]

    3. I asked for short story collections last Christmas as I anticipated having little reading time -- and a short attention span -- with a baby due in January. This collection has been a welcome change of pace from my reading about infant development and breastfeeding. The editing author's dicussion of what are authentic Southern stories is terrific. And there is a varied collection of voices telling the stories. There have been a few I wished were full novels, but all (save one) have been satisfyin [...]

    4. I have been an avid reader of Southern fiction for a while and short stories are one of my favorite mediums. These collections tend to showcase new and old authors, but always new stories. The cultural evolution and stagnation of the South is quite evident based on my readings of this series over the past 15 years. The tidy quality of the short story appeals to my ADD and desire to always read before sleep. PlusI read them over and over.

    5. Eh. This collection was OK. I enjoyed "Tastes Just Like Chicken" the most. For me, it came around full circle. Short stories are very hard to write. Most in this collection pumped up fast and had it goin', but then just abruptly stopped. Left me scratchin' my head.

    6. This collection of short stories was alright. I wasn't terribly impressed by any of them. I did like how the author gave a short description of the origin or impulse behind each story, because that's something I'm always curious about.

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