Anchor Book of New American Short Stories

ISBN-10: 1400034825
ISBN-13: 9781400034826
Edition: 2004
Authors: Ben Marcus
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Description: “In twenty-nine separate but ingenious ways, these stories seek permanent residence within a reader. They strive to become an emotional or intellectual cargo that might accompany us wherever, or however, we go. . . . If we are made by what we read,  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/10/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

“In twenty-nine separate but ingenious ways, these stories seek permanent residence within a reader. They strive to become an emotional or intellectual cargo that might accompany us wherever, or however, we go. . . . If we are made by what we read, if language truly builds people into what they are, how they think, the depth with which they feel, then these stories are, to me, premium material for that construction project. You could build a civilization with them.” —Ben Marcus, from the Introduction Award-winning author of Notable American Women Ben Marcus brings us this engaging and comprehensive collection of short stories that explore the stylistic variety of the medium in America today. Sea Oak by George Saunders Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower Do Not Disturb by A.M. Homes The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender The Caretaker by Anthony Doerr The Old Dictionary by Lydia Davis The Father’s Blessing by Mary Caponegro The Life and Work of Alphonse Kauders by Aleksandar Hemon People Shouldn’t Have to be the Ones to Tell You by Gary Lutz Histories of the Undead by Kate Braverman When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine by Jhumpa Lahiri Down the Road by Stephen Dixon X Number of Possibilities by Joanna Scott Tiny, Smiling Daddy by Mary Gaitskill Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace The Sound Gun by Matthew Derby Short Talks by Anne Carson Field Events by Rick Bass Scarliotti and the Sinkhole by Padgett Powell

Introduction
Sea oak
Everything ravaged, everything burned
Do not disturb
Gentleman's agreement
The girl in the flammable skirt
The caretaker
I'm slavering
The old dictionary
The father's blessing
The life and work of Alphonse Kauders
The paperhanger
People shouldn't have to be the ones to tell you
Histories of the undead
You drive
When Mr. Pirzada came to dine
Down the road
All American
X number of possibilities
Two brothers
Tiny, smiling daddy
Someone to talk to
Brief interviews with hideous men
Where I work
The sound gun
Short talks
Up the old goat road
Scarliotti and the sinkhole
Letters to Wendy's
Field events

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