20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker

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Deborah Treisman
Macmillan, Nov 23, 2010 - Fiction - 448 pages
2 Reviews

In June 2010, the editors of The New Yorker announced to widespread media coverage their selection of "20 Under 40"—the young fiction writers who are, or will be, central to their generation. The magazine published twenty stories by this stellar group of writers over the course of the summer. They are now collected for the first time in one volume.

The range of voices is extraordinary. There is the lyrical realism of Nell Freudenberger, Philipp Meyer, C. E. Morgan, and Salvatore Scibona; the satirical comedy of Joshua Ferris and Gary Shteyngart; and the genre-bending tales of Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, and Téa Obreht. David Bezmozgis and Dinaw Mengestu offer clear eyed portraits of immigration and identity; Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, ZZ Packer, and Wells Tower offer voice-driven, idiosyncratic narratives. Then there are the haunting sociopolitical stories of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Daniel Alarcón, and Yiyun Li, and the metaphysical fantasies of Chris Adrian, Rivka Galchen, and Karen Russell.

Each of these writers reminds us why we read. And each is aiming for greatness: fighting to get and to hold our attention in a culture that is flooded with words, sounds, and pictures; fighting to surprise, to entertain, to teach, and to move not only us but generations of readers to come. A landmark collection, 20 Under 40 stands as a testament to the vitality of fiction today.


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User Review  - Cecilturtle - LibraryThing

I don't think that there is a single bad story in this collection. Usually, there is one or two of uneven quality, but these are all stellar. What amazed me most was the variety of topics and voices ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pat Pujolas - Goodreads

found some great new authors in here, and thoroughly enjoyed reading the ones i knew. nicole krauss's "the young painters" was one of the best short stories i've read in a long time... Read full review


The Warm Fuzzies
Second Lives
The Train of Their Departure
The Erlking
The Pilot
Here We Arent So Quickly
An Honest Exit
What You Do Out Here When Youre Alone
Blue Water Djinn
The Dredgemans Revelation
The Kid
Lenny Hearts Eunice

An Arranged Marriage
The Entire Northern Side was Covered with Fire
The Young Painters
The Science of Flight
The Landlord
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Deborah Treisman has been the fiction editor of The New Yorker since 2003, and was deputy fiction editor for five years prior to that.

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