New Stories from the South 1997 by Shannon Ravenel
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The twelfth volume of the annual anthology is packed with nineteen entertaining stories. From a cautionary tale about the difficulties of loving a space alien to a new twist on a young Southerner's struggle in the wilds of Manhattan, these stories range from the hilarious to the poignant.

The preface, by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler, looks at what fiction is: "Fiction is, at its heart, the art form of human yearning."

The authors in the 1997 edition of New Stories are Gene Able, Dwight Allen, Edward Allen, Robert Olen Butler, Janice Daugharty, Ellen Douglas, Pam Durban, Charles East, Rhian Margaret Ellis, Tim Gautreaux, Elizabeth Gilbert, Lucy Hochman, Beauvais McCaddon, Dale Ray Phillips, Patricia Elam Ruff, Lee Smith, Judy Troy, Marc Vassallo, and Brad Vice.

 

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Ravenel serves as Editorial Director of Algonquin Books.
 
Published January 9, 1997 by Algonquin Books. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Some inspired low comedy (and more class conflict) comes from two familiar experts: Tim Gautreaux's ``Little Frogs in a Ditch'' is a droll tale concerning a no-account loser who sells common roof pigeons as homing pigeons;

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On a lighter note, Butler's ""Help Me Find My Spaceman Lover"" is a hilarious, touching story about a relationship between a lonely divorcee and an alien she meets in the parking lot of a 24-hour Wal-Mart in Bovary, Ala.

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