The Best American Short Stories 2013

By Elizabeth Strout; Heidi Pitlor (Editor)
(Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547554822, 384pp.)

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

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As our vision becomes more global, our storytelling is stretching in many ways. Stories increasingly change point of view, switch location, and sometimes pack as much material as a short novel might, writes guest editor Elizabeth Strout. It's the variety of voices that most indicates the increasing confluence of cultures involved in making us who we are. "The Best American Short Stories 2013" presents an impressive diversity of writers who dexterously lead us into their corners of the world.
In Miss Lora, Junot Diaz masterfully puts us in the mind of a teenage boy who throws aside his better sense and pursues an intimate affair with a high school teacher. Sheila Kohler tackles innocence and abuse as a child wanders away from her mother, in thrall to a stranger she believes is the Magic Man. Kirstin Valdez Quade's Nemecia depicts the after-effects of a secret, violent family trauma. Joan Wickersham's The Tunnel is a tragic love story about a mother's declining health and her daughter's helplessness as she struggles to balance her responsibility to her mother and her own desires. New author Callan Wink's Breatharians unsettles the reader as a farm boy shoulders a grim chore in the wake of his parents estrangement.
Elizabeth Strout was a wonderful reader, an author who knows well that the sound of one's writing is just as important as and indivisible from the content, writes series editor Heidi Pitlor. Here are twenty compellingly told, powerfully felt stories about urgent matters with profound consequences.




About the Author
Frederick Busch (1941-2006) was the recipient of many honors, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, a National Jewish Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award. The prolific author of sixteen novels and six collections of short stories, Busch is renowned for his writing's emotional nuance and minimal, plainspoken style. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he lived most of his life in upstate New York, where he worked for forty years as a professor at Colgate University.

Heidi Pitlor grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, and got her BA at McGill University and her MFA at Emerson College in Boston. She was a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for nine years before she became the series editor of "The Best American Short Stories." She has worked with Salman Rushdie, Alice Sebold, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, and others. She is the author of the novel "The Birthdays "and her fiction and essays have appeared in "Ploughshares, "the "Huffington Post, " and "Labor Day: True Stories by Today s Best Women Writers." In Fall 2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish "100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, " which she coedited with Lorrie Moore. Heidi lives outside Boston with her husband and twin son and daughter.
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