The Best American Short Stories 2000

The Best American Short Stories Despite increasing competition this annual collection remains the place to find the most compelling short fiction published in the U S and Canada PUBLISHERS WEEKLY To usher in the new millennium THE

  • Title: The Best American Short Stories 2000
  • Author: E.L. Doctorow Katrina Kenison
  • ISBN: 9780395926864
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • Despite increasing competition, this annual collection remains the place to find the most compelling short fiction published in the U.S and Canada PUBLISHERS WEEKLY To usher in the new millennium, THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2000 brims with a rich variety of lyrical and wise stories about our country s past, present, and future This year s editor, the best sellinDespite increasing competition, this annual collection remains the place to find the most compelling short fiction published in the U.S and Canada PUBLISHERS WEEKLY To usher in the new millennium, THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2000 brims with a rich variety of lyrical and wise stories about our country s past, present, and future This year s editor, the best selling author E L Doctorow, has chosen new works by Raymond Carver, Amy Bloom, Ha Jin, Walter Mosley, and Jhumpa Lahiri, among others The most popular compendium of its kind, THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES is the only volume that offers the finest short fiction each year, chosen by a distinguished author.

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      E L DOCTOROW S works of fiction include Homer Langley,The March, Billy Bathgate, Ragtime, the Book of Daniel, City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, Loon Lake, World s Fair, The Waterworks, and All the Time in the World Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN Faulkner Awards, The Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal In 2009 he was short listed for the Man Booker International Prize honoring a writer s lifetime achievement in fiction, and in 2012 he won the PEN Saul Bellow Award given to an author whose scale of achievement over a sustained career places him in the highest rank of American Literature In 2013 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the Gold Medal for Fiction.

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    • I adored short stories when I was a teen, especially science fiction. I do still like them, it is just harder to commit to reading them when you don't know what you're going to get. I certainly would not have chosen many of these stories had I been given the description, I am therefore enlightened by having read them. The ones I most enjoyed were The Story, The Ordinary Son, The Gilgul of Park Avenue, The Fix, He's at the Office, The Bridegroom, The Thing Around Them, The Third and Final Contine [...]


    • Of course it's difficult to assign a rating to an anthology. Since it is impossible to rate the individual stories, I must assign stars to the collected ensemble. E. L. Doctorow, guest editor for the year 2000, seems to prefer long, involved family sagas that would lend themselves (I think) better to novels than to short stories, even after he goes on in his introduction about how different short stories and novels are. The most grating of these stories was "Bones of the Inner Ear," by Kiana Dav [...]


    • Interesting that so many authors who appeared in the 1999 collection are also in the 2000 volume. And stories in both collections by Annie Proulx eventually became part of Wyoming Stories.


    • The melting-pot edition, as it were, with a focus on capturing a broader range of American voices than is usually the case in these collections. Though none of the stories unequivocally knocked my socks off this time around (after reading 23 BASS collections in a row, I might be becoming harder to impress), the overall quality was high, with only a handful of misses in the mix. My favorites:Ron Carlson - "The Ordinary Son"Junot Diaz - "Nilda"Aleksandar Hemon - "Blind Jozef Pronek"ZZ Packer - "Br [...]


    • My favorite pieces from this collection:+ Mychael Byers - The Beautiful Days+ Ron Carlson - The Ordinary Son+ Allan Gurganus - He's At The Office+ Kathleen Hill - The Anointed+ Ha Jin - The Bridegroom



    • Oh, I remember why I don't like short stories--depressing.A few of the stories were interesting. Most were seriously depressing and at least half left me wondering why I bothered. I like a story where we get to know the character and care about him or her because of the way he or she behaves. Very few of these stories had that to them. Most of them seemed to be "commenting" on "social problems" or something. Can you be a little more subtle. l learned 2 things from this selection of stories: 1) p [...]


    • Every story is a nine or a ten. It’s like being faced with a large box of Godiva chocolates and being forced to pick your favorite(s). All stories should move (go somewhere) like these. Prose that moves (the reader) like these.Ron Carlson's "The Ordinary Son" is great, so much evocative detail bringing a certain period alive.Kathleen Hill's "The Anointed," is quite fine. She uses great allusions to literature and music in developing the character of a teacher. The teacher's diction is so eleva [...]


    • Noteworthy/memorable:The Beautiful Days is one of my favorite stories and I don't exactly know why. It's fairly long and there's a lot of development that may or may not be necessary, but by the end I am always just fascinated and staring into space wondering, how did we get here?The Fix is a story with a simple premise, but the quick and riveting extrapolation of that premise gives poignant meaning to the phrase "a gift and a curse."The Third and Final Continent is another good example of Lahir [...]


    • Read and recommended to other teachers here:"The Bridegroom" by Ha Jin - very unexpected (though the groundwork is definitely laid down by very delicate and telling details), understated story about gay conversion in a dark corner of the world."Nilda" by Junot Diaz - it's obligatory for me to read him anytime I see him. He's a New Yorker darling, and the stories keep surrounding around a certain family - Puma? (Rafa!) and his wiser-younger brother-narrator - a family I feel like I grew up around [...]


    • I love short stories. Each of these "Best ofs" definitely reflects that year's editor. I especially liked "The Gilgul of Park Avenue" by Nathan Englander and "The Anointed" by Kathleen Hill. Quote from The Anointed:"We cannot see into the mysteries of another person's life, dear boys and girls. We have no way of knowing what deaths a soul has sustained before the final one. It is for this reason that we must never presume to judge or to speak in careless ways about lives of which we understand n [...]


    • Took a long time to get through this, because at first I skipped around reading authors I knew, and then I went back and started from the beginning. A solid, rewarding collection of diverse voices. Of course, there are stories one will like more than others, but honestly, there are no duds here.The stories are arranged alphabetically, based on the author's name, which is almost like not bothering to arrange them at all. I guess this prevents the dilemma of trying to select "one of the better sto [...]


    • There is a story in here by Michael Byers called "The Beautiful Days." Apparently it is loosely based on his senior year at Oberlin (I say loosely because I have no idea if these things actually happened to him, only that the descriptions of the college and town are dead on). I find myself coming back to this story a lot not just because he evokes the place so well, but also because it's an example of a story that is not flashy yet memorable.


    • Thus far, my favorite group of selections (of the Best American Short Stories series). You really surprised me, Mr. Doctorow. Congrats!Favorites:"The Story" (The last sentence really tore my heart to shreds)"The Ordinary Son" (hilarious)"The Fix""Good for the Soul" (ending = worth it)"The Beautiful Days""People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water" (again, the ending ahhhhh "hu hu hu")


    • Another fine collection. I like meandering through the collection willy-nilly. Discovered some new authors I will now have to try to find either collections by them or novel length works. But really, I do enjoy a tasty little tid bit of a story. Anyone who thinks the short story collections are over, hasn't picked up one of these volumes yet. So many different genres in one book! Divine


    • More short stories; a very different rhythm is required than for novels. It's better to try and finish a story in one sitting, because it's very hard to pick up the thread if you put the book down.I think that how much I like these collections depends very much on how much I like the editor.A few of my favorites this time;"The Ordinary Son" Ron Carlson"He's At The Office" Allan Gurganus"People In Hell Just Want A Drink Of Water" Annie Proulx


    • I am in a short story phase right now. I am going to read as many of these "Best American Short Stories" as I can get my hands on. This one was great. Short stories are such a different way to tell a story. My favorites in this collection was 'The Anointed' by Kathleen Hill, and 'The Fix' by Percival Everett.


    • There are some good stories here, but I've read better editions of this collection. My five favorites (no particular order) are "The Fix," "He's at the Office," "Brownies," "People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water," and "The Third and Final Continent."


    • Stand-out after stand-out in this one. Starts out with Amy Bloom's "The Story," which is just shockingly good. Read it at the beach. It was falling apart there, its cracking spine filling with sand. I remember holding it together against the gusting breeze, which wanted to take its pages away.



    • This is a very enjoyable collection -- my favorites were He's At the Office and The Third and Final Continent.



    • My favorite stories from this collection:"The Ordinary Son" Ron Carlson"Bones of the Inner Ear" Kiana Davenport"Allog" Edith Pearlman




    • Some uplifting stuff (He's at the Office). Plenty of disturbing stuff (People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water and Basil the Dog).


    • The best American short stories. Except some of them aren't great, some of them aren't American, and some of them aren't short.


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