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The Best American Short Stories 1992 by…

The Best American Short Stories 1992 (1992)

by Robert Stone (Editor), Katrina Kenison (Series editor)

Other authors: Alice Adams (Contributor), Rick Bass (Contributor), Thomas Beller (Contributor), Amy Bloom (Contributor), David Foster Wallace (Contributor)15 more, Mavis Gallant (Contributor), Tim Gautreaux (Contributor), Denis Johnson (Contributor), Thom Jones (Contributor), Marshall N Klimasewiski (Contributor), Lorrie Moore (Contributor), Alice Munro (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Robert Olen Butler (Contributor), Reynolds Price (Contributor), Annick Smith (Contributor), Christopher Tilghman (Contributor), Kate Wheeler (Contributor), Elizabeth Winthrop (Contributor), Tobias Wolff (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Short Stories (1992), Best American (1992)

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Apparently, this was not a particularly good year for American Short Story Fiction, judging from the entries in this anthology. The stories varied in quality from “okay” to “solid.” I wondered if the inclusion of some of the entries was (unconsciously) influenced by the authors’ reputations or literary connections, given their mediocrity. Regardless, I did not find a single entry that I would choose to read a second time.

As is the practice of editors of these volumes, the entries focus on character development and word choice. Most of the focal characters are alienated, depressed, and evince little potential for personal development. Most of the stories offer glimpses of a brief segment of the life of an individual on the road to nowhere. ( )
  Tatoosh | May 16, 2018 |
so fun. i didn't love all of these stories, but so many of them were fantastic. i loved my first look ever at both david foster wallace and tobias wolff. i really enjoyed robert olen butler again, so i think i need to read more of him. same for rick bass and lorrie moore. i'm going to pick up something by thomas beller, whose story i had to immediately reread i liked it so much. and marshall n klimasewiski, oh marshall n klimasewiski, whose story i liked so much i couldn't read anything else for almost a day. he blew me away and almost got this book 5 stars all on his own. this is a really good collection, with a few in there that didn't resonate so much with me. but overall, quite good. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Apr 2, 2013 |
i thought i was going off short stories. i haven't read a collection in a while that i could remember after 10 minutes.(or maybe i'm going off) but i enjoyed this collection as always. ( )
  mahallett | Jan 2, 2013 |
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Stone, RobertEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kenison, KatrinaSeries editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bass, RickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beller, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloom, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foster Wallace, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gallant, MavisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gautreaux, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, DenisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, ThomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klimasewiski, Marshall NContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, LorrieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munro, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Olen Butler, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Price, ReynoldsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, AnnickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Wheeler, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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