New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2000

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Shannon Ravenel
Algonquin Books, 2000 - Fiction - 299 pages
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Whether it's the bodybuilder who picks up energy in the air, the rich girl who sees potential in the beer-drinking factory worker at her father's cardboard plant, the girl who turns against her evangelist father to find the real Jesus, the aunt with a withered arm who may have influenced Flannery O'Connor, the feminist scholar trying to reason with a good old boy, or the young MFA student determined to write a good story, this year's collection is about the connections these Southerners will to happen. Each story, as Ellen Douglas's thoughtful preface says, testifies to our need to "feel and understand the significance of the buzzing blooming dying chaos of our experience." This fifteenth edition is rich with unforgettable characters and full of great moments of comedy and tragedy.

Twenty writers tell their stories in this year's NSFS: A. Manette Ansay, Wendy Brenner, D. Winston Brown, Robert Olen Butler, Cathy Day, R.H.W. Dillard, Tony Earley, Clyde Edgerton, William Gay, Tim Gautreaux, Allan Gurganus, John Holman, Romulus Linney, Thomas H. McNeely, Christopher Miner, Chris Offutt, Margo Rabb, Karen Sagstetter, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Melanie Sumner

Each selection is accompanied by a look into the origin of the story. Readers will also find an updated list of magazines consulted by the editor for this edition and a complete list of all the stories selected each year since the series' genesis in 1986.

 

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Contents

A NOTE TO BIOGRAPHERS REGARDING FAMOUS AUTHOR FLANNERY OCONNOR
1
SHEEP
16
IN THE DOORWAY OF RHEES JAZZ JOINT
41
DANCING WITH THE ONEARMED GAL
56
BOX
78
THE BEST FRIEND
87
HEAVY METAL
91
MY HAND IS JUST FINE WHERE IT IS
99
HES AT THE OFFICE
185
WAVE
203
DEBRAS FLAP AND SNAP
215
THE CIRCUS HOUSE
228
JUST MARRIED
243
RHONDA AND HER CHILDREN
247
FORGETTING THE END OF THE WORLD
253
HOW TO TELL A STORY
261

MR PUNIVERSE
112
THE THING WITH WILLIE
125
GOODHEARTED WOMAN
137
THE WIDOW
174
APPENDIX
281
PREVIOUS VOLUMES
289
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About the author (2000)

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.

Ellen Douglas was the pen name of Josephine Ayres Haxton, who was born in Natchez, Mississippi on July 12, 1921. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1942. During her lifetime, she wrote eleven books, including six novels and several collections of short stories and essays. Her novels include Apostles of Light, The Rock Cried Out, A Family's Affairs, A Lifetime Burning, and Can't Quit You, Baby. She won a lifetime achievement award in 2008 from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. She died after an extended illness on November 7, 2012 at the age of 91.

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