The Best American Short Stories 2010 by Richard Russo
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The collection is as good as the Rushdie edition, and one of the best of this young century. Most of Russo’s selections are steeped in realism, but a few venture into science fiction and one into magic realism.
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Edited by the award-winning, best-selling author Richard Russo, this year’s collection boasts a satisfying “chorus of twenty stories that are by turns playful, ironic, somber, and meditative” (Wall Street Journal). With the masterful Russo picking the best of the best, America’s oldest and best-selling story anthology is sure to be of “enduring quality” (Chicago Tribune) this year.
 

About Richard Russo

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Novelist and screenwriter Richard Russo was born in Johnstown, New York on July 15, 1949. He received a Bachelor's degree, a Master of Fine Arts degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Arizona. He taught at numerous colleges including Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Colby College. He has written numerous books including Mokawk, The Risk Pool, Straight Man, Bridge of Sighs, and That Old Cape Magic, as well as a short story collection, The Whore's Child. His novel Empire Falls won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and Nobody's Fool was made into a movie starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith. He also co-wrote the 1998 film Twilight with director Robert Benton and the teleplay for the HBO adaptation of Empire Falls. HEIDI PITLORáisáa former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is the author of the novel The Birthdays and has a novel comingá in 2014.
 
Published October 5, 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 448 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 08 2010

Though the foreword by series editor Pitlor admits, “It is indisputable that American literary journals are in danger,” with even the few of the newsstand magazines that publish fiction publishing less of it, the stories themselves seem as vital as ever. Any reader will likely discover a new favorite writer here, or more.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 11 2016

Some welcome usual suspects appear (Jennifer Egan, Charles Baxter, Jim Shepard) alongside notable newcomers Téa Obreht and Karen Russell, leaving ample room for lesser knowns like Maggie Shipstead ("The Cowboy Tango") to show what makes their writing unique...

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Boston.com

Good
Reviewed by Joseph Peschel on Oct 15 2010

The collection is as good as the Rushdie edition, and one of the best of this young century. Most of Russo’s selections are steeped in realism, but a few venture into science fiction and one into magic realism.

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Christianity Today

Below average
Reviewed by Linda McCullough Moore on Dec 01 2010

A number of these stories are very fine indeed. They might not change life on the planet Earth, but some hint at simple truths, however much the big-T Truth might elude the teller. And some, sadly, are hardly fine at all.

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