ISBN: 1328485390
EAN13: 9781328485397
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 12, 2021
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
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The Best American Short Stories 2021

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A collection of the year's best stories selected by celebrated two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward

In her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2021, guest editor JesmynWard says that the best fiction offers the reader a sense of repair.The stories in this year's collection accomplish just that, immersing the reader in powerfully imagined worlds and allowing them to bring some of that power into their own lives. From a stirring portrait of Rodney King's final days to a surreal video game set in the Middle East, with real consequences, to an indigenous boy's gripping escape from his captors, this collection renders profoundly empathetic depictions of the variety of human experience. These stories are poignant reminders of the possibilities of fiction: as you sink into world after world, become character after character, as Ward writes, youforget yourself, and then, upon surfacing, know yourself and others anew.

The Best American Short Stories 2021 includes
GABRIEL BUMP - BRANDON HOBSON - DAVID MEANS- JANE PEK - TRACEY ROSE PEYTON - GEORGE SAUNDERS - BRYAN WASHINGTON - KEVIN WILSON - C PAM ZHANG and others

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   The worst of the best american series
I'm a huge fan of short stories. For years I've purchased copies of the book, which I've read many, many times. This one was horrible, said Blair. In every story, there was a certain sadness, hopelessness and the dark side of human nature. Where are the happy stories, funny stories, any stories with variety and different from the ones here?
 
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   Oh, well
The entire collection is not up to par, I'm afraid. I've read the entire collection every year, but this time was disappointing. A lot of good people work here, he said. It's just that the Beatles were never really that good. The products were "shipped up" with " shoddy" quality, the report said. But, by the way, the cover is hideous. It's just that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
 
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   Really a powerful, and hugely hopeful book.
The book is a huge hit. I personally love shorter chapters, he said. And I love this book because it continuously amazes me that we are able to do so well in spite of all the odds. We need more authors who don't apologize for instilling joy and thanks in our minds and in our hearts.
 
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   A decent enough collection
Given that this is no John Updikes or Raymond Carvers writing today and dominating the short story field, this is a collection that, while not the best of the series, is certainly far better than some of the more negaitive reviews here would indicate. There are a few standouts here - Switzerland by Nicole Krauss, Biology by Kevin Wilson, and Paradise by Maya Murray - that are worthy of years of anthologizing.
 
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   I have been buying this book every year for the past 15 years.
There is nothing to dislike about Dr. Goin's work. If you want to read some of the great fiction, you're in the wrong place. I started buying this book as an annual gift for my younger daughter to let her know she was not in the shadows, that she was as bright and capable as anyone, and that I recognized that. Some of the best writers of fiction are emerging.
 
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   Remarkable Volume
I'm not a big fan of short stories, Raymond said. But when I saw Jesmyn Ward, the editor of this year's edition, I couldn't wait to get it. The DVD is also described as "a great deal of fun." Note the subheading of this terrible parable in the "Greater Good" series, "Halfway Through." From the masters of ancient Egyptian ruins to the masters of contemporary photography, the collection of works spans gender, age, ethnicity and experience. It's a must-read if you love to read.
 
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