THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1974 by Martha -- Ed. Foley

THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1974

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This great melting pot of selections from the big (Playboy, Ms., Atlantic, The New Yorker) and the little (The Southern Review, The Colorado Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, Salamagundi) turns out to be a non-parochial eclectic survey of folks as distinctively ours as momism and her apple pie. Agnes Boyer writes about ""The Deserter"" who has fled to Canada but still has the mountain highlands of central Pennsylvania clear in his voice; Eleanor Clark's ""A Summer in Puerto Rico"" is a diarist's vivid portrait of that neglected corner of the United States; Lewis B. Horne's ""Mansion, Magic and Miracle"" brings a bit of Hollywood and illusion to the life of a farm boy in an isolated valley of simple church-goers; and Alice Walker's"" The Revenge of Hannah Kemhuff"" describes the bitterness of a black woman refused welfare by a blonde moppet in the Depression era South. There are lots of newcomers, and notable selections too by Maxine Kumin, Mary Lavin, John Updike. Foley has a strong bias for traditional realism but as always produces an honorable representation of the fiction writing circuit.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1974
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin