Archive for August, 2011
Based on a true story, “In the Fall They Come Back” is about a teacher’s experiences at a small prep school in Virginia…Ben tells his story with the benefit that a few years of contemplation and wisdom provide. He’s in law school as he recounts those two years of not just teaching, but “about caring a little too much; or maybe about not caring enough” about his teenage students.
Click the image below for my review in the August 28 edition of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Here are the authors and the stories included in The Best American Short Stories 2011.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Ceiling,” Granta
Megan Mayhew Bergman, “Housewifely Arts,” One Story
Tom Bissell, “A Bridge Under Water,” Agni
Jennifer Egan, “Out of Body,” Tin House
Nathan Englander, “Free Fruit for Young Widows,” The New Yorker
Allegra Goodman, “La Vita Nuova,” The New Yorker
Ehud Havazelet, “Gurov in Manhattan,” TriQuarterly
Caitlin Horrocks, “The Sleep,” The Atlantic Fiction for Kindle
Bret Anthony Johnston, “Soldier of Fortune,” Glimmer Train
Claire Keegan, “Foster,” The New Yorker
Sam Lipsyte, “The Dungeon Master,” The New Yorker
Rebecca Makkai, “Peter Torrelli, Falling Apart,” Tin House
Elizabeth McCracken, “Property,” Granta
Steven Millhauser, “Phantoms,” McSweeney’s
Ricardo Nuila, “Dog Bites,” McSweeney’s
Joyce Carol Oates, “ID,” The New Yorker
Richard Powers, “To the Measures Fall,” The New Yorker
Jess Row, “The Call of Blood,” Harvard Review
George Saunders, “Escape from Spiderhead,” The New Yorker
Mark Slouka, “The Hare’s Mask,” Harper’s Magazine
[Geda] admits, “this book must be considered to be a work of fiction… In the end, it seems a surprising authorial admission, because if we accept his premise that this is a work of imagination, it seems curious that Geda fails to do more with it.
Click the image below to read my review in the August 2, 2011 edition of The Boston Globe.