This yearвЂ™s editor of THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2011 is Geraldine Brooks, an accomplished journalist and fiction writer. She says of her selections вЂњthat the easiest and the first choices were the stories to which I had a physical response.вЂќ I would agree that the best stories in this collection are those that are most visceral and physical in nature. Ms. Brooks also states that вЂњIn the end, the stories I fell upon with perhaps the greatest delight were the outliers, the handful or so that defied the overwhelming gravitational pull toward small-canvas contemporary realism.вЂќ
October 5, 2011
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Tags: Allegra Goodman, Best American Short Stories, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Geraldine Brooks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Joyce Carol Oates, Rebecca Makkai В· Posted in: Short Stories
One of GoodmanвЂ™s favorite authors is Jane Austen and it shows in her subtle, wryly witty social comedies. This latest takes place on both coasts between 1999 and 2002 and centers on two California sisters: responsible, ambitious, principled Emily and flighty, vegan, philosophical Jess. The title character, though deceased, plays a beguiling role in the plot.