New Stories from the South 2010

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-17
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books

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Twenty-five years ago, Shannon Ravenel started a short story anthology that, in many ways, defined who Algonquin was in those early days. And over time, New Stories from the South has published the work of now well-known writers, including James Lee Burke, Andre Dubus, Barbara Kingsolver, John Sayles, Joshua Ferris, and Abraham Verghese and nurtured the talents of many others, including Larry Brown, Jill McCorkle, Brock Clarke, Lee Smith, and Daniel Wallace. This twenty-fifth volume defines who we are now as we reach out beyond the South to one of the most acclaimed short story writers of our day. Guest editor Amy Hempel admits, "I've always had an affinity for writers from the South," and in her choices, she's identified the most inventive, heartbreaking, and chilling stories being written by Southerners all across the country.

Author Biography

A recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Artists Foundation, and the Academy of Arts and Letters, Amy Hempel is the author of Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage and the coeditor of Unleashed. Her stories have appeared in Harper's, GQ Vanity Fair, and many other publications and have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Her Collected Stories was named by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2007. In 2008 she won the REA Award for the Short Story, and in 2009 she received the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. She teaches creative writing at Harvard University and Bennington College.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
New Year's Weekend on the Hand Surgery Ward, Old Pilgrims' Hospital, Naples, Italy: From Narrative Magazinep. 1
Fish Story: From The Atlanticp. 15
Noon: From The Idaho Reviewp. 26
Someone Ought to Tell her There's Nowhere to go: From A Public Spacep. 42
The Ascent: From Tin Housep. 64
Small and Heavy World: From The Iowa Reviewp. 75
A Burden: From The Oxford Americanp. 93
The Cow that Milked Herself: From New Southp. 106
Columbarium: From Appalachian Heritagep. 114
Caiman: From AGNI Magazinep. 121
Eraser: From One Storyp. 126
Housewarming: From The South Carolina Reviewp. 136
Jason Who Will Be Famous: From Tin Housep. 151
Arsonists: From The Georgia Reviewp. 163
Drive: From The Gettysburg Reviewp. 181
The Green Belt: From Santa Monica Reviewp. 195
The Coldest Night of the Twentieth Century: From Tin Housep. 203
Cry for Help From France: From Subtropicsp. 223
Nightblooming: From The Paris Reviewp. 226
Discovered America: From Southwest Reviewp. 241
Return Trip: From Five Pointsp. 256
Idols: From The New Yorkerp. 273
This Trembling Earth: From Natural Bridgep. 297
Visitation: From The New Yorkerp. 312
Retreat: From McSweeney'sp. 331
Appendixp. 359
Previous Volumesp. 369
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