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Best of the West : New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri - James Thomas

Best of the West

New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri

By: James Thomas (Editor), D. Seth Horton (Editor), Kent Meyers (Foreword by)


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"Valid fiction is about truth. Literary authors find as well as invent their stories. In the American West, those stories often spring out of a concern with how the individual, so easily tempted toward moral solipsism, manages, or doesn't to stay connected to the needs of others, and so keeps from becoming a law unto himself. If an examination of these forces is what western writers tend toward, it's a gift the nation needs right now as it struggles with the conundrum of remaining true to its own laws while facing those who would not merely break the law but destroy it. For years the Best of the West series has been bringing Western literature to the nation's attention. At no time has this effort been more important."---Rent Meyers. from the foreword.

Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, an annual anthology of exceptional short fiction rooted in the western United States, debuted in 1988 and continued publication until 1992. Recognizing that the West remains rewarding territory for literary explorations, James Thomas and Seth Horton revived the series in 2009.

Best of the West 2010 brings together established and emerging writers who reinterpret this most vital of literary regions and create, as Kent Meyers puts it in his foreword, "gift[s] the nation needs right now." Editors Horton and Thomas have chosen nineteen stories by writers including Sherman Alexie, Rick Bass, Ron Carlson, Julia Glass, William Kittredge, Kent Nelson, and Deb Unferth. Their subjects vary from a Greek community in Wyoming dealing with a suicide, to a re-creation of Christ's crucifixion in New Mexico, to an unlikely friendship that peaks at a burial ground in Alaska. Best of the West 2010 is the latest indication that the West has become one of the most crucial settings for contemporary American fiction.

Editor's Note, D. Seth Horton; Foreword, Kent Meyers; Green World, from Harper's Magazine; SHERMAN ALEXIE; Fish Story, From The Atlantic Magazine; RICK BASS; Cinema Verite, from Southwestern American Literature; JOHN BLANCHARD; One Time, from The Georgia Review; ELEA CAREY; Victory at Sea, From The Iowa Review; RON CARLSON; How to Love a Woman with No Legs, from The Iowa Review; NATALIE DIAZ; Cloudcroft, from Shenandoah; DARREN DILLMAN; Everything You See Is Real, from BOMB Magazine; BEN EHRENREICH; The Price of Silver, from Five Points; JULIA GLASS; The Desert: A Field Guide, from The Santa Monica Review; DINA GUIDUBALDI; Stone Boat, from Narrative; WILLIAM KITTREDGE; Islanders, from The New England Review; BEN KOSTIVAL; This Is Not a Barren Place, from Nimrod International Journal; PAUL MIHAS; The Spirit Bird, from The Virginia Quarterly Review; KENT NELSON; Only Connect, from Ecotone; DANIEL OROZCO; The Five Wounds, from The New Yorker; KIRSTIN VALDEZ QUADE; Gentle Future, from Copper Nickel; AURELIE SHEEHAN; Tortolita, from ZYZZYVA; JUSTIN ST. GERMAIN; Wait Till You See Me Dance, from Harper's Magazine; DEB OLIN UNFERTH; Other Notable Western Stories of the Year; Publications Reviewed; Notes on Contributors; Credits

ISBN: 9780292722989
ISBN-10: 0292722982
Series: Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 15.24  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.4