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NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 1999

NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTHThe Year's Best, 1999Ravenel, Shannon—Ed. Read full book review >

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NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2005

"That said, the pleasures here outdistance the shortcomings by a country mile."
The familiar annual celebrates its 20th anniversary with 19 stories that pull their imaginative starter cultures from below the Mason-Dixon Line. Read full book review >

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NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2000

"Hardly flawless, but, like its past numbers, a showcase of new talent that shores up some developing careers, and pays homage to the wonder that is southern fiction."
For the 15th anniversary of New Stories from the South, Ravenel stirs up a real gumbo of southern writing: authors of all ages—some first-timers, some long familiar to fans of this essential series. Read full book review >

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NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 1997

"The superb stories here quietly demonstrate that the universal always resides in the particular."
The 11th installment in this excellent series is certainly one of the strongest, with 19 stories that capture the diversity of the South in voice and place, drawing on a range of old and new talents. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1984 by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1984

"And, like this year's O. Henry story-collection, Updike's shrewd, professional gathering is topped by a classic that's sure to appear in anthologies for decades to come: Cynthia Ozick's scouring projection of the path of Jewish history toward Miami Beach—'Rosa."
It's not surprising, perhaps, that Updike—a dazzling critic as well as an assured, gifted story-writer—proves to be the most satisfying guest-editor of the "Best American Short Stories" series so far. Read full book review >

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BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, 1986 by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1986

"But, otherwise, tired nags ran this course, on the whole."
If this year's edition were a horse race (and these "bests" can't be denied their competitive aspect), it would be a $3000 claimer. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1987 by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 1987

"Included this year, by the way, in the contributor's notes, is an opportunity for each writer to talk about the genesis of his or her story—a sophomoric, writing-workshop idea that adds nothing to the stories at all."
Beattie writes a serviceable and (for a change in this series) unjadedly enthusiastic introduction to the choices she's made—and, once more, the picker says a good deal about the picked: many stories here trade in the centripetal shagginess of detail yet narrow narrative lurch that mark so many of Beattie's own works. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1983 by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1983

"Still—one of the better post-Foley anthologies, with few risks and few inspired moments, but also with few pretensions or embarrassments."
For 1982, Wright Morris' "Victrola"—a Chekhovian tale of man-dog attachment—was clearly the story of the year: it was the standout of William Abrahams' strong O. Henry Award collection (p. 191)—and it's certainly the standout of this less impressive gathering by novelist Tyler, 1983's guest-editor for the Best American Short Stories series. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1982

"But it's hardly a fair reflection of the year's best—and perhaps this series should take on a new title if such unbalanced collections are to be expected in the future."
Since the death of Martha Foley, the Best American Short Stories series has been in the hands of annual celebrity-editors—so, while William Abrahams' O. Henry Awards collections have become ever more sturdily sound and balanced, the Best have become idiosyncratic and erratic, more a gathering of personal favorites than a trustworthy reflection of the evolving short-story scene. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1979 by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1979

"A largely drab round-up, then, with the few, best stories utterly overshadowing the lesser efforts."
The favorites finish first this time out: Bellow's roistering "A Silver Dish," Barthelme's "The New Music," a section from Malamud's Dubin's Lives, Styron's "Shadrach," and Singer's "A Party in Miami Beach." Read full book review >

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NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 1998

NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTHThe Year's Best, 1998Ravenel, Shannon—Ed. Read full book review >

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NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"In the tradition of earlier southern writers, but echoing today's sounds."
Persuasive voices, emotional depth, and a wide range of points of view distinguish these 16 stories of generally high quality. Read full book review >