The Story Behind the Story by Andrea Barrett
26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work

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In a splendid display of show-and-tell, 26 writers tell a story and lift the curtain to reveal how they did it.

This big, beautiful anthology of short fiction is for readers, writers, and anyone curious about the mysterious processes of literary minds. All contributors have been recent faculty members of the prestigious Warren Wilson Low Residency Program, including such literary favorites as Margot Livesey, Charles Baxter, Robert Boswell, Jim Shepard, Antonya Nelson, David Shields, and the editors themselves.

Each writer was asked to submit an original story, accompanied by an essay describing the challenges of the story and how they were met. Since writers resist herding, the editors were happily surprised by the wide range of essays—"fiction writers, when given the space, think about their work very differently." We learn about the genesis of a story, how story evolves, what was eventually relinquished and why, and how a story—surprisingly—might "insist" on changing.

Arranged alphabetically by author, and beginning with Richard Russo's cogent introduction, this volume is a treasure throughout.

About Andrea Barrett

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Peter Turchi is author of the novel "The Girls Next Door", a collection of stories, "Magician", & a book of non-fiction, "The Pirate Prince". He is Director of the MFA Program for Writers, Warren Wilson College. Andrea Barrett is the author of The Air We Breathe, Servants of the Map (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), The Voyage of the Narwhal, Ship Fever (winner of the National Book Award), and other books. She teaches at Williams College and lives in northwestern Massachusetts.
Published January 17, 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company. 480 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In this beautifully photographed companion book to the upcoming Disneynature film, naturalists Barrett and Scholey share their experience of studying a cheetah, her six cubs, and a pride of 19 lions in the Masai Mara National Reserve.

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while Tracey Daugherty cagily tips his hat to both imagination and autobiography, admitting only of his story,""City Codes,""""it's all true except for the parts I made up."" Writers' experiences couldn't be more different, with Robert Cohen""cackling"" his way through the feverish high-speed rid...

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That song, a brooding homage to Floyd's tormented former singer and chief songwriter, Syd Barrett, would provide the bookends and thematic soul of what would become Wish You Were Here, and as the stellar documentary Pink Floyd: The Story Of Wish You Were Here shows, it was both a tribute to a los...

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