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The Best American Short Stories 2010

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Every year it seems fewer and fewer newspapers review Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Short Stories. That’s a shame.

This year, I’ll be reviewing The Best American Short Stories 2010 for The Boston Globe. I reviewed the 2008 anthology, edited by Salman Rushdie, for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  I reviewed Alice Sebold’s inferior 2009 edition for The News & Observer (of Raleigh North Carolina.) This time the series editor is Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo.

I hope this collection is better than last year’s.

Here’s what’s coming in BASS 2010:

STEVE ALMOND: “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Get Punched,” Tin House

MARLIN BARTON: “Into Silence,” Sewanee Review BASS 2010

CHARLES BAXTER: “The Cousins,” Tin House

JENNIFER EGAN: “Safari,” The New Yorker

DANIELLE EVANS: “Someone Ought to Tell Her There’s Nowhere to Go,” A Public Space

JOSHUA FERRIS: “The Valetudinarian,” The New Yorker

LAUREN GROFF: “Delicate Edible Birds,” Glimmer Train

WAYNE HARRISON: “Least Resistance,” The Atlantic Monthly

JAMES LASDUN: The Hollow,” The Paris Review

REBECCA MAKKAI: “Painted Ocean, Painted Ship,” Ploughshares

BRENDAN MATTHEWS: “My Last Attempt to Explain What Happened to the Lion Tamer,”  Cincinnati Review

JILL MCCORKLE: “PS,” The Atlantic Monthly

KEVIN MOFFETT: “Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events,” McSweeney’s

TÉA OBREHT: “The Laugh,” The Atlantic Monthly

LORI OSTLUND: “All Boy,” The New England Review

RON RASH: “The Ascent” Tin House

KAREN RUSSELL: “The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach” Tin House

JIM SHEPARD: “The Netherlands Lives With Water,” McSweeney’s

MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD: “Cowboy Tango,” The Virginia Quarterly Review

WELLS TOWER: “Raw Water,” McSweeney’s

Written by Joe Peschel

August 27th, 2010 at 6:50 pm