Best American Short Stories 2007

ISBN-10: 0618713484
ISBN-13: 9780618713486
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.210

In his introduction to this volume, Stephen King writes, "Talent does more than come out; it bursts out, again and again, doing exuberant cartwheels while the band plays 'Stars and Stripes Forever' . . . Talent cant help itself; it roars along in fair weather or foul, not sparing the fireworks. It gets emotional. It struts its stuff. In fact, thats its job." Wonderfully eclectic, The Best American Short Stories 2007 collects stories by writers of undeniable talent, both newcomers and favorites. These stories examine the turning points in life when we, as children or parents, lovers or friends or colleagues, must break certain rules in order to remain true to ourselves. In T. C. Boyles heartbreaking "Balto," a thirteen-year-old girl provides devastating courtroom testimony in her fathers trial. Aryn Kyles charming story "Allegiance" shows a young girl caught between her despairing British mother and motherly American father. In "The Bris," Eileen Pollack brilliantly writes of a son struggling to fulfill his filial obligations, even when they require a breach of morality and religion. Kate Walberts stunning "Do Something" portrays one mothers impassioned and revolutionary refusal to accept her sons death. And in Richard Russos graceful "Horseman," an English professor comes to understand that plagiarism reveals more about a student than original work can. New series editor Heidi Pitlor writes, "[Stephen Kings] dedication, unflagging hard work, and enthusiasm for excellent writing shone through on nearly a daily basis this past year . . . We agreed, disagreed, and in the end very much concurred on the merit of the twenty stories chosen." The result is a vibrant assortment of stories and voices brimming with attitude, deep wisdom, and rare compassion.

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012 his title, The Wind Through the Keyhole made The New York Times Best Seller List. King's title's Mr. Mercedes and Revival made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014.

HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been the series editor for  The Best American Short Stories  since 2007. She is the author of  The Birthdays  and a forthcoming novel titled  The Daylight Marriage.

Foreword
Introduction
Louis Auchincloss. Pa's Darling
from The Yale Review John Barth. Toga Party
from Fiction Ann Beattie. Solid Wood
from Boulevard T. C. Boyle. Balto
from The Paris Review Randy Devita. Riding the Doghouse
from West Branch Joseph Epstein. My Brother Eli
from The Hudson Review William Gay. Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You?
from Tin House Mary Gordon. Eleanor's Music
from Ploughshares Lauren Groff. L. DeBard and Aliette: A Love Story
from The Atlantic Monthly Beverly Jensen. Wake
from New England Review Roy Kesey. Wait
from The Kenyon Review Stellar Kim. Findings & Impressions
from The Iowa Review Aryn Kyle. Allegiance
from Ploughshares Bruce McAllister. The Boy in Zaquitos
from Fantasy and Science Fiction Alice Munro. Dimension
from The New Yorker Eileen Pollack. The Bris
from Subtropics Karen Russell. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
from Granta Richard Russo. Horseman
from The Atlantic Monthly Jim Shepard. Sans Farine
from Harper's Magazine Kate Walbert. Do Something
from Ploughshares Contributors' Notes
100 Other Distinguished Stories of 2006
Editorial Addresses of American and Canadian Magazines Publishing Short Stories

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