The Best American Short Stories 2012

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Heidi Pitlor, Tom Perrotta
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 2, 2012 - Fiction - 384 pages

The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Short Stories 2012 includes

Nathan Englander, Mary Gaitskill, Roxane Gay, Jennifer Haigh,
Steven Millhauser, Alice Munro, Lawrence Osborne, Eric Puchner,
George Saunders, Kate Walbert, and others

 

 

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In her forward, series editor Heidi Pitlor reports that 2011 was a strong year for short stories. It must have been, because this collection is an excellent one. Below are mini-reviews for some ... Read full review

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Just finished the 2012 edition of "The Best American Short Stories of 2012" (or to those who are hip "BASS 12", just so you know, from one who is not hip.) I read BASS every year. I love short stories ... Read full review

Contents

Carol Anshaw The Last Speaker of the Language
1
Taylor Antrim Pilgrim Life
16
Nathan Englander What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
40
Mary Gaitskill The Other Place
61
Roxane Gay North Country
75
Jennifer Haigh Paramour
87
Mike Meginnis Navigators
97
Steven Millhauser Miracle Polish
108
Angela Pneuman Occupational Hazard
174
Eric Puchner Beautiful Monsters
196
George Saunders Tenth of December
212
Taiye Selasi The Sex Lives of African Girls
236
Sharon Solwitz Alive
268
Kate Walbert MM World
281
Jess Walter Anything Helps
294
Adam Wilson Whats Important Is Feeling
306

Alice Munro Axis
122
Lawrence Osborne Volcano
138
Julie Otsuka Diem Perdidi
152
Edith Pearlman Honeydew
162
Back Matter
323
Back Cover
357
Spine
358
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About the author (2012)

TOM PERROTTA is the author of six works of fiction, most recently The Leftovers, published to wide acclaim in September 2011. His novels Election and Little Children were made into award-winning movies.

HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her fiction has been published in Ploughshares, and she is the author of the novel The Birthdays.

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