The Best American Short Stories 1999 by Katrina Kenison

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"What I look for most in a story," writes Amy Tan in her introduction to this year's volume of The Best American Short Stories, "what I crave, what I found in these twenty-one, is a distinctive voice that tells a story only that voice can tell." Tan found herself drawn to wonderfully original stories that satisfied her appetite for the magic and mystery she loved as a child, when she was addicted to fairy tales. In this vibrant collection, fantasy and truth coexist brilliantly in new works by writers such as Annie Proulx, Lorrie Moore, Nathan Englander, and Pam Houston. "The Sun, the Moon, the Stars," by Junot Diaz, features a young man trying to stave off heartbreak in a sacred cave in Santo Domingo. In "Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter," by Chitra Divakaruni, a mother moves from India to California to be closer to her son, only to sacrifice something crucial along the way. In Melissa Hardy's haunting story "The Uncharted Heart," a geologist unearths a shocking secret in the wilds of northern Ontario. "Maybe I'm still that kid who wants to see things I've never seen before," writes Tan. "I like being startled by images I never could have conjured up myself." With twenty-one tales, each a fabulously rich journey into a different world, The Best American Short Stories 1999 is sure to surprise and delight.

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Writer Amy Tan was born on February 19, 1952 in Oakland, California. She received a master's degree in linguistics from San Jose State University. She worked as a freelance business writer, but eventually turned to fiction. Her first book, The Joy Luck Club, was nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a recipient of the Commonwealth Gold Award. The Joy Luck Club was also adapted into a feature film in 1994. Tan's titles have been translated into more than 20 languages. Her other novels include: The Kitchen God's Wife, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and The Valley of Amazement. Katrina Kenison has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 1990. She currently resides in Massachusetts.
Published October 29, 1999 by Houghton Mifflin. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The evocative ""The Sun, the Moon, the Stars,"" by Junot D az, follows a troubled New York City Latino couple to Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, where ""the entire history of late-20th-century automobiles swarm[s] across every flat stretch of ground, a cosmology of battered cars, batter...

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Indeed, the volume includes such signature stories as Joyce Carol Oates's ""Where Are You Going, where Have You Been?,"" Cynthia Ozick's ""The Shawl,"" Raymond Carver's ""Where I'm Calling From"" and Tim O'Brien's ""The Things They Carried."" But some stories here by the well-known are not necess...

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