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NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH: The Year's Best, 2006

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

The spirit of play is at work in this lively latest crop of Southern stories gamely chosen by fiction-writer Gurganus (The Practical Heart, 2001, etc.), whose own work has appeared in the series.Skillful vernacular storytelling and writing with heart mark many of these selections, such as R.T. Smith's "Tastes Like Chicken," which imagines the entrancing, albeit lonely livelihood of a snake-catcher ... Read full review

NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH: The Year's Best, 2008

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

According to the introduction by PEN/Faulkner finalist Packer (Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, 2003), these 20 stories from American magazines represent "southerners" rather than "Southerners," the dividing line between realism and (mythic) stereotype.Several stories straddle that line. R.T. Smith titles his lyrical but familiar anti-war Civil War story with an iconic Southernism, "Wretch Like Me." The ... Read full review

NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH: 2007--The Year's Best

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A rich and complex vision of the American South emerges from the series' 22nd edition. There's room here for traditional southern tales—those that "entertain on the way to their point," in Jones's words. The best include Tim Gautreaux's "The Safe," about a junkman whose life is changed when he opens a long-abandoned safe; Allan Gurganus's "Fourteen Feet of Water in My House," about a man who ... Read full review

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