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The Best American Short Stories 2007 (2007)

av Stephen King (Redaktör), Heidi Pitlor (Series Editor)

Andra författare: Louis Auchincloss (Bidragsgivare), John Barth (Bidragsgivare), Ann Beattie (Bidragsgivare), T.C. Boyle (Bidragsgivare), Randy DeVita (Bidragsgivare)15 till, Joseph Epstein (Bidragsgivare), William Gay (Bidragsgivare), Mary Gordon (Bidragsgivare), Lauren Groff (Bidragsgivare), Beverly Jensen (Bidragsgivare), Roy Kesey (Bidragsgivare), Stellar Kim (Bidragsgivare), Aryn Kyle (Bidragsgivare), Bruce McAllister (Bidragsgivare), Alice Munro (Bidragsgivare), Eileen Pollack (Bidragsgivare), Karen Russell (Bidragsgivare), Richard Russo (Bidragsgivare), Jim Shepard (Bidragsgivare), Kate Walbert (Bidragsgivare)

Serier: The Best American Short Stories (2007), Best American (2007)

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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 can't help itself; it roars along in fair weather or foul, not sparing the fireworks. It gets emotional. It struts its stuff. In fact, that's 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. Boyle's heartbreaking "Balto," a thirteen-year-old girl provides devastating courtroom testimony in her father's trial. Aryn Kyle's 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 Walbert's stunning "Do Something" portrays one mother's impassioned and revolutionary refusal to accept her son's death. And in Richard Russo's 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 King's] 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.… (mer)

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A wonderful selection of short stories. Stephen King put in hundreds of hours reading hundreds of short stories, along with the series editor, Jodi Pitlor, and they agreed on this group of stories as the best printed in 2007. For purposes of this series, "American" includes Canadian, as it should. Technically it should also include South American but I can imagine that would complicate things because of the different languages.

There were a few stories I didn't quite understand, but most of them I found to be terrific. I have read stories or novels by several of the authors but many others were unfamiliar to me. The stories run the gamut from funny to deadly serious to out of this world strange. Each one, though, is a gem. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
In “Best American Short Stories” Stephen Kings laments in his introduction about the lowly stature short stories have in our society. Like poetry, they just don’t seem to capture the American public’s attention. Is this a sign of our multimedia, electronic, high-speed driven world? You’d think given the supposed shortened attention span that our youth are often accused of having that they’d readily embrace the short story as one of their own.

The first five or six were tight and descriptive which I like, but as I read more stories, what I’ve noticed about this collection is that the style of writing seems to be similar with very rich, dense text. It doesn’t really sound like different writer’s, more like they could have all been written by the same person, almost. I’m not seeing much variety in voice and don’t know if that is because of editor favoritism or if this is what is expected from this short story collection.

The information is so compact, dense and rich, that it’s like eating a whole pan of brownies in one sitting. I can do it, it just doesn’t feel too good afterward. My mind feels too full. Take them slow.

A few stories were so compact that I had a hard time following them. The particulars were a bit lost in the overly descriptive world in which they took place. Further in I found a few that were much lighter in tone with a decidedly feminine touch. It really left me wondering about the choices in the book and whether Stephen King, guest editor, picked them or series editor Heidi Pitlor. ( )
  LynneMF | Aug 20, 2017 |
As a great reader of short stories I was anxious to try this volume edited by Stephen King. Since I don't tend to read a book such as this in one sitting I have been perusing it for a few years. There are stories from wonderful authors like T.C. Boyle, Louis Auchincloss, Ron Kesey and Alice Munro.

My favorite story was by Jim Shepard entitled Sans Farine which means with outflour. It chronicles the lives of the royal and later state executioners. These men and their families had a somewhat inherited occupation and were restricted in many the ways they could live their lives. They were in a way pariahs with no way to rise out of their caste.

During the Reign of Terror this job had many ramifications affecting their personal and professional lives. The history in this story was fascinating. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
Stephen King is not the kind of guy who will do anything half-assed, and his selections for this year's BASS collection are no exceptions. Unlike most editors, he didn't just go through the pile the series editor forwarded him--he bought and read nearly every short-story periodical that exists, and read far and wide from them. As a result, the anthology he put together includes an impressive variety of stories, from the French revolution to futuristic military plague-carriers to a road trip through a snowstorm toward a funeral. What the stories have in common, though, is the heart--each story has a voice and a point, an emotional impact that's been lacking in much of my other recent reading.

Each story is also marked by King's aversion to brevity, but there were only one or two I felt were running long. This is an improvement over some recent years' BASS collections. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 29, 2013 |
I absolutely loved this collection of stories. Except for Karen Russell's story St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised by Wolves (which I had to apply a Mini Pearl Rule too and jump ship at page 3 - just terrible - but I don't really "get" her stories, or the alien-esque people that inhabit them, despite some interesting writing/talent - but others love her, and the media/writing community clearly does - so don't mind me), these stories were all outstanding. Each one made me either think, laugh, wonder or just have moment of pause about life, in some capacity or another. Some are a little dark, some are quite funny, some are a mixture of those things. Also, having never before read a "best of" type short story collection, I truly enjoyed the process, how [Stephen King] picked the stories (with co-editor Heider Pitlor), the life and struggle of "the short story," where they first were published and mostly, the bios of the authors (all of whom describe their impetus for the story selected). So I learned about some new writers I never, ever would have known about otherwise. Some of the standouts, even among such a wonderful collection, I thought, were: "My Brother Eli" by Jospeh Epstein, "Balto" by T.C. Boyle, "Wake" by Beverly Jensen and "Findings & Impressions" by Kim Stellar. Highly recommended for any short fiction lover, or anyone wanting to explore new literary territory. ( )
  CarolynSchroeder | Dec 20, 2012 |
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Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
King, StephenRedaktörprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Pitlor, HeidiSeries Editorhuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Auchincloss, LouisBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Barth, JohnBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Beattie, AnnBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Boyle, T.C.Bidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
DeVita, RandyBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Epstein, JosephBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Gay, WilliamBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Gordon, MaryBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Groff, LaurenBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Jensen, BeverlyBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Kesey, RoyBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Kim, StellarBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Kyle, ArynBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
McAllister, BruceBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Munro, AliceBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Pollack, EileenBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Russell, KarenBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Russo, RichardBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Shepard, JimBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Walbert, KateBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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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 can't help itself; it roars along in fair weather or foul, not sparing the fireworks. It gets emotional. It struts its stuff. In fact, that's 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. Boyle's heartbreaking "Balto," a thirteen-year-old girl provides devastating courtroom testimony in her father's trial. Aryn Kyle's 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 Walbert's stunning "Do Something" portrays one mother's impassioned and revolutionary refusal to accept her son's death. And in Richard Russo's 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 King's] 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.

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