Best of the South

Best of the South

The Best of the Second Decade

By Shannon Ravenel (Editor); Anne Tyler (Selected by)

Shannon Ravenel Books, Paperback, 9781565124707, 342pp.

Publication Date: September 16, 2005

Since 1986, "New Stories from the South" has brought the best short fiction of the year to the attention of a national audience. The series has been called the collection others should use as a model (the "Charlotte Observer"), and for twenty years it has held to that standard.
When Anne Tyler helped us celebrate the first ten years of the series in "Best of the South," 1986 1995, the reviews were ecstatic. A triumph of authentic voices and unforgettable characters, said "Southern Living." An introduction to some of the best writers in the world today, raved the "Northwest Arkansas Times." Now that the anthology has reached its twentieth birthday, Anne Tyler has done it again. From the 186 stories found in the ten volumes from 1996 to 2005, she has picked her favorites and introduced them with warmth, insight, and her own brand of quiet literary authority.
Once again, her choices reflect her love of the kind of generous fiction she has called spendthrift. Here are twenty stories by both famous and first-time writers, from Lee Smith and Max Steele to Gregory Sanders and Stephanie Soileau that hold nothing back.

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.

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her 17th novel. Her 11th, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. A member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland.