New Stories from the South

New Stories from the South

The Year's Best

By Shannon Ravenel (Editor); Jill McCorkle (Preface by)

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781565124691, 311pp.

Publication Date: June 10, 2005


Over the past two decades, "New Stories from the South" has been identified as one of the most significant and eagerly anticipated annual collections of American short stories ("Booklist"). The quality of the selections and the skill of its editor have been lauded: Excitingly original stories from new and recently emergent writers make this now-venerable annual a must for readers who mean to keep up with contemporary short fiction. . . . Ravenel is one of the most resourceful and intelligent editors in the business ("Kirkus Reviews," starred). And NPR commentator Alex Chadwick sums it up best when he calls "New Stories" A good answer to the question, Why read fiction? (NPR's "Morning Edition"). It's in these pages that readers first encountered many of the writers whose work they ve now followed and enjoyed for years, and where they continue to find the freshest voices on the verge of stardom. In the 2005 volume, Ravenel treats us to works by Robert Olen Butler, Dennis Lehane, Moira Crone, Tom Franklin, Michael Parker, Rebecca Soppe, and Bret Anthony Johnston, among many others, and a preface by the inimitable Jill McCorkle.Whether it's a young woman taking her teacher to task for favoring his more beautiful students, or a couple on the edge of despair with their colicky baby, or a neighbor who takes too much interest in the girl next door, these selections illustrate the ways in which a good story can electrify a reader.

About the Author
Shannon Ravenel has edited" New Stories from the South" since 1986. Formerly editorial director of Algonquin Books, she now directs her Algonquin imprint, Shannon Ravenel Books. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Jill McCorkle is the author of nine previous books four story collections and five novels five of which have been selected as "New York Times "Notable Books. The recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Prize for Literature, she teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Visit her online at