New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2008

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Z. Z. Packer, Kathy Pories
Algonquin Books, 2008 - Fiction - 428 pages
32 Reviews
This year, acclaimed short-story writer ZZ Packer chooses twenty distinctive stories representing the great number of voices and narratives coming out of the South. Some of the youngest and freshest talents on the literary horizon—Bret Anthony Johnston, Kevin Brockmeier, Holly Goddard Jones—accompany well-known Southern stalwarts, including Pinckney Benedict, Clyde Edgerton, and Ron Rash. Their stories tell of life as it is now, a life not seen in romanticized Southern fiction, one where existence—both urban and rural—is as raw and risky as it is alluring. The energy of this collection courses through every one of Packer's edgy, funny, and gritty selections.
  

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Review: New Stories from the South 2009 (New Stories from the South)

User Review  - Stephen Dorneman - Goodreads

A strong collection of stories, although with a tendency towards perfervid prose and historical pieces that might not be to everyone's liking. (Also, dogs die in two of these stories, usually a pet ... Read full review

Review: New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2007 (New Stories from the South)

User Review  - Pat - Goodreads

I always enjoy getting the latest edition of New Stories, although I a not typically a short story fan. These anthologies feature the premiere writers of the South, and are quite diverse, so there is something for everyone. Read full review

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Contents

From The Gettysburg Review
1
From Zoetrope
35
From Colorado Review
51
From LandGrant College Review
77
From Arts Letters
96
From Tin House
109
From The Southern Review
130
From Tin House
150
From LandGrant College Review
254
From Five Points
268
From Ploughshares
289
From The Oxford American
312
From The Southern Review
332
From Glimmer Train
351
From Salamander
370
From Zoetrope
388

From Southwest Review
167
From Virginia Quarterly Review
182
From Ecotone
211
From Playboy
230
APPENDIX
405
PREVIOUS VOLUMES
415
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About the author (2008)

Z.Z. Packer's first collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and a New York Times Notable Book, and was selected by John Updike for the Today Show Book Club. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Packer is on the faculty of California College of the Arts, and her stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South.

Kathy Pories earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught in the English Department at UNC and at Elon University before joining Algonquin in 1995. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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