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Since its inception in 1915, The Best American Short Stories series has grown steadily in both readership and reputation. Stil the only anthology shaped each year by a different guest editor--always a preeminent master of the form--this is the essential yearbook of the American literary scene. Every new volume is both a showcase for contemporary American short fiction and a behind-the-scenes look at how these stories make the journey from conception to the printed page.< Here are the timeliest, most talked-about short stories of the year. Here, too, are the undiscovered gems--stories as yet unknown but meriting the attention of a wide audience. As always, much of the excitement in this year's collection comes from new voices, writers who join ranks here with such established virtuosos as Raymond Carver, Annie Proulx, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Walter Mosley.<
Despite increasing competition, this annual collection remains the place to find the most compelling short fiction published in the U.S. and Canada” (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY). To usher in the new millennium, THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2000 brims with a rich variety of lyrical and wise stories about our country’s past, present, and future. This year’s editor, the best-selling author E. L. Doctorow, has chosen new works by Raymond Carver, Amy Bloom, Ha Jin, Walter Mosley, and Jhumpa Lahiri, among others.
The most popular compendium of its kind, THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES is the only volume that offers the finest short fiction each year, chosen by a distinguished author.
"Expect to be entertained, provoked, astonished."
The San Diego Union-Tribune