New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1999

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Shannon Ravenel
Algonquin Books, 1999 - Fiction - 306 pages
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It was an anthology that began simply enough: as a way to gather together the best kinds of writing going on in the South. It was also a way, back then, for editor Shannon Ravenel to keep tabs on who was writing what. Some of those voices that she heard first are now well-known: Barbara Kingsolver, Robert Olen Butler, Marly Swick, Rick Bass, Abraham Verghese, James Lee Burke, Larry Brown.

Our goal is still the same-to find the most original and affecting stories. And this year, in our newest tradition, we're pleased to include a preface by Tony Earley, which calls into question the message of one of the most-anthologized Southern stories of our time.

The 1999 edition gathers stories by: Michael Knight, Pinckney Benedict, Richard Schmitt, Clyde Edgerton, Andrew Alexander, Mary Clyde, Richard Bausch, Tony Earley, Michael Erard, Rick DeMarinis, Heather Sellers, Kurt Rheinheimer, Ingrid Hill, William Gay, Janice Daugharty, Mary Gordon, George Singleton, Tom Franklin

Laura Payne Butler, and Wendy Brenner.

An indispensable resource for aspiring writers, students, and readers of Southern fiction, New Stories from the South also includes the story behind each story. We continue to offer an updated list of magazines consulted by the editor, along with a complete list of all the stories selected each year since the series' inception, in 1986.

 

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Once again, this series does not disappoint. As the South has changed, so have the voices emerging from the deltas, farms, and burgeoning metropolitan areas. These voices offer personal histories of ... Read full review

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Contents

LETTER FROM SISTERWHAT WE LEARNED AT THE PO
vii
BIRDLAND
1
FLA BOYS
16
LUNCH AT THE PICCADILLY
40
THOSE DEEP ELM BROWNS FERRY BLUES
49
MISSY
71
CAULK
74
BORROWED HEARTS
90
STORYTELLING
137
KRISTA HAD A TREBLE CLEF ROSE
148
BOOKER TS COMING HOME
162
BEYOND THE POINT
174
MIRACLE BOY
181
NEIGHBORHOOD
195
LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE
215
NAME OF LOVE
220

THE HUMAN SIDE OF INSTRUMENTAL TRANSCOMMUNICATION
100
PAGAN BABIES
108
LEAVING VENICE FLORIDA
123
QUILL
232
POACHERS
235
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About the author (1999)

Shannon Ravenel has edited New Stories from the South since 1986. Formerly editorial director of Algonquin Books, she now directs her Algonquin imprint, Shannon Ravenel Books. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Tony Earley was born & raised in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, & graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. He attended the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, where he earned his MFA in creative writing, studied under Richard Yates, & won several fiction prizes. He is the author of the short story collection "Here We Are in Paradise" & he wrote the preface to "New Stories from the South 1999", by Algonquin Books. He lives with his wife & dogs in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University.

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