New stories from the South: the year's best, 2007

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Aug 14, 2007 - Short stories, American - 372 pages
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This enduring celebration of the short story only gets better with age and this year enlists the talents of guest editor Edward P. Jones, "one of the most important writers of his own generation and of the present day" (the Washington Post Book World ).

In 1993, for the first time in his career, Edward P. Jones had a short story selected for an anthology. The story was "Marie." The anthology was the eighth volume of New Stories from the South. Now, the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist and short story writer returns to guest edit and introduce the twenty-second volume of this distinguished anthology.

Jones brings to the task his artistic vision for the short story and finds its best practitioners, and not just those with well-established names (James Lee Burke, Rick Bass, Tim Gautreaux, George Singleton) but writers just beginning their careers (Holly Goddard Jones, Joshua Ferris, Angela Threat, Philipp Meyer). Jones chooses eighteen stellar stories for the 2007 collection, stories that hold a special resonance for him. As he says in his introduction, "For something to claim me long after the last sentence, I need a sense that the world, for even one character, has shifted, whether to a large or a tiny degree. . . . I have tried to do my best to pick stories that are not, to use some of William Faulkner's words, about the glands, but about the human heart."

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The 21st edition of Algonquin's signature anthology is not the series' strongest, but it's consistent and entertaining. Unlike some previous editions, the majority of the stories have something to do ... Read full review

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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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James Lee Burke A season of regret
Moira Crone the ice garden
Joshua Ferris ghost town choir

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Edward P. Jones, the "New York Times" bestselling author, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Lannan Literary Award for "The Known World;" he also received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004. His first collection of stories, "Lost in the City, " won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was short listed for the National Book Award. His second collection, "All Aunt Hagar's Children, "was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award. He has been an instructor of fiction writing at a range of universities, including Princeton. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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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