The Best American Short Stories 2013

The Best American Short Stories 2013

By Elizabeth Strout; Heidi Pitlor (Editor)

Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780547554839, 384pp.

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

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
Elizabeth Strout is the author of Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. She is on the faculty of the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and lives in New York City.

HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been the series editor forThe Best American Short Storiessince 2007. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.