The Best American Short Stories 1994 by Tobias Wolff

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Featuring outstanding debuts by Lan Samantha Chang with ""Pipa's Story,"" and Carolyn Ferrell's ""Proper Library""--a poignant tale about being black, male, and gay in the Bronx--the respected short story collection focuses on a new generation of writers.
 

About Tobias Wolff

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Tobias Wolff is a writer, journalist and educator. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 19, 1945. Wolff attended Oxford University and Stanford University. Wolff joined the army after high school and served from 1964 to 1968. He was trained in Vietnamese and became an advisor during the Vietnam War. After returning from the service, held faculty positions at Stanford University, Goddard College, Arizona State University, and Syracuse University. He was also a reporter for the Washington Post. Wolff's first book, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, won the St. Lawrence award for fiction in 1982. The Barracks Thief won the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction in 1985 and This Boy's Life: A Memoir won the Los Angeles Times Book prize in 1989 and was made into a 1993 film starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. Wolff has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lyndhurst Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Arizona Council on Arts and Humanities. He has also received the Rea award, the Whiting Writer's award, and the Lila-Wallace-Reader's Digest Award. Katrina Kenison has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 1990. She currently resides in Massachusetts.
 
Published November 3, 1994 by Houghton Mifflin. 396 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Even better are Ana Menendez’s deeply sympathetic picturing of culture-shocked Latin American refugees in Miami (“In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd”), Adam Johnson’s dry revelation of passive young slackers thrust incongruously into thrill-seeking and “wild life” (“Cliff Gods of Acapulco”), and, mo...

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Humor is at a minimum here, with the exception of Stuart Dybek's brief meditation on not having sex in ``We Didn't'' and Jim Shepard's laugh-out-loud tale of a bumbling professional baseball player in the early '50s, ``Batting Against Castro.'' The few gems offer striking voices, namely those of ...

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``One after another,'' Wolff states in the introduction, ``these emerging writers astonished me with their talent and range and generosity.'' Nancy Krusoe's ``Landscape and Dream'' is painful and raw, a stream-of-conscious tapestry of a young woman's coming of age.

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