Though only a few pages each, I haven't been able to read two of these stories consecutively. Like eating a hearty meal, reading one of these stories requires that you sit back awhile upon finishing. Not to say that they are heavy or tedious, rather that they leave a rich, lingering flavor that is best appreciated when allowed to unfold slowly. Great for a long train ride or a quiet evening.
In New American Stories, the beautiful, the strange, the melancholy, and the sublime all comingle to show the vast range of the American short story . In this remarkable anthology, Ben Marcus has corralled a vital and artistically singular crowd of contemporary fiction writers. Collected here are practitioners of deep realism, mind-blowing experimentalism, and every hybrid in between. Luminaries and cult authors stand side by side with the most compelling new literary voices. Nothing less than the American short story renaissance distilled down to its most relevant, daring, and unforgettable works, New American Stories puts on wide display the true art of an American idiom.
About the Author
Ben Marcus is the author of four books of fiction: The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, The Flame Alphabet, and Leaving the Sea, and he is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. His stories have appeared in Harper's, the New Yorker, Granta, the Paris Review, McSweeney's, Tin House, and Conjunctions. Among his awards are the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers' Award. He lives in New York, where he is on faculty at Columbia University.