New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2006

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Allan Gurganus, Kathy Pories
Algonquin Books, 2006 - Fiction - 342 pages
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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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From the hilarious, insightful introduction by Gurganus (Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All) to the final story, N.M. Kelby's "Jubilation, Florida," a sad, middle-aged love story, the 21st ... Read full review

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Contents

YARD ART
1
THE BURNING
17
MIKE
37
TUNNELING TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
53
AMANUENSIS
64
MONEY WHIPPED
79
GROVE
94
DIRECTORS CUT
101
YOU LOVE THAT DOG
194
JUSTICE
209
FILL IN THE BLANK
220
HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE
243
THE CURRENCY OF LOVE
251
TASTES LIKE CHICKEN
274
BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH CHE GUEVARA
285
JUBILATION FLORIDA
303

KIDS MAKE THEIR OWN HOUSES
116
TIRED HEART
138
THE MUSIC YOU NEVER HEAR
164
BLUE KNIGHTS BOUNCED FROM CVD TOURNEY
187
APPENDIX
317
PREVIOUS VOLUMES
327
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In 1966, as a conscientious objector faced with possible charges of draft evasion during the Vietnam War, Allan Gurganus found himself on a four-year tour as a message decoder on an aircraft carrier. While at sea, Gurganus, who had studied to be a painter, developed the idea for his first successful novel, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1989) after reading an article that described how Confederate veterans were granted pensions in the 1880s, making them prime marital candidates for much younger women. The novel features Lucy Marsden, a feisty ninety-nine-year-old North Carolina widow, and spans the 1850s to the 1980s. Gurganus's subsequent books include Blessed Assurance: A Moral Tale (1989), The Practical Heart (1993), and Plays Well With Others (1997). He has written a number of short stories that have appeared in periodicals such as Granta, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's, and Paris Review, and in books such as The Faber Book of Short Gay Fiction (1991). Eleven of his short stories are collected in The White People (1991). Gurganus was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in 1947 and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College (B.A., 1972) and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (M.F.A., 1974). He has taught fiction writing at University of Iowa, Stanford University, Duke University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has had his paintings displayed in many private and public collections.

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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