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The Best American Short Stories 2021 (The Best American Series ®)

Jesmyn Ward (Editor), Heidi Pitlor (Editor)


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A collection of the year’s best stories selected by celebrated two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward

“One of the most searing and singularly gifted writers working today” (Entertainment Weekly), Jesmyn Wardselects twenty stories out of thousands that represent the best examples of the form published the previous year. 

Mariner Books, 9781328485397, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

About the Author

JESMYN WARD received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently a professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award, and Sing, Unburied, Sing, which won the 2017 National Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time and the author of the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. From 2008 to 2010, Ward had a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She was the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for the 2010–2011 academic year. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts and Letters selected Ward for the Strauss Living Award. She lives in Mississippi.

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