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The Best American Short Stories 2004
By Katrina Kenison (editor), Lorrie Moore (introduced by) and Lorrie Moore (editor)
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Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date October 14, 2004
Pages 462
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780618197347
ISBN-10 0618197346
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs.
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Original list price $27.50
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Summary
The acclaimed annual short fiction series--this year featuring guest editor Lorrie Moore, author of Birds of America--showcases the work of such notable authors as Annie Proulx, Sherman Alexie, Paula Fox, Thomas McGuane, Alice Munro, and Deborah Eisenberg, from a variety of acclaimed sources.
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Contemplating the appeal of the short story, Lorrie Moore writes in her introduction, "A story's very shortness ensures its largeness of accomplishment, its selfhood and purity. Having long lost its ability to pay an author's rent (in that golden blip between Henry James and television, F. Scott Fitzgerald, for one, wrote stories to fund his novels), the short story has been freed of its commercial life to become serious art, by virtually its every practitioner. As a result, short or long, a story lies less. It sings and informs and blurts. It has nothing to lose." The twenty stories in this year's volume sing to and inform the reader with honesty, intelligence, and often humor. Charles D'Ambrosio's story, "Screenwriter," explores romance in a mental hospital. In "Limestone Diner," Trudy Lewis lays bare one family's strained history in central Missouri. Angela Pneuman's hilarious "All Saints Day" gives readers a child's-eye view of religious fundamentalism. And in John Edgar Wideman's profound story, "What We Cannot Speak About We Must Pass Over in Silence," friendship leads to a meditation on freedom and fairness.
Lorrie Moore has selected twenty stories that rejoice in the absurdities of life, consider the hard truths, and arrive at potent moments of understanding. With The Best American Short Stories 2004 "Lorrie Moore has done writers and readers a great service," Katrina Kenison writes in her foreword, "for her own love of the form and keen sensibility have resulted in a volume that fairly hums with life."


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