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20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker (2010)

by Deborah Treisman (Editor)

Other authors: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Contributor), Chris Adrian (Contributor), Daniel Alarcon (Contributor), David Bezmozgis (Contributor), Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum (Contributor)16 more, Joshua Ferris (Contributor), Jonathan Safran Foer (Contributor), Nell Freudenberger (Contributor), Rivka Galchen (Contributor), Nicole Krauss (Contributor), Yiyun Li (Contributor), Dinaw Mengestu (Contributor), Philipp Meyer (Contributor), C. E. Morgan (Contributor), Tea Obreht (Contributor), ZZ Packer (Contributor), Karen Russell (Contributor), Salvatore Scibona (Contributor), Gary Shteyngart (Contributor), Wells Tower (Contributor), Li Yiyun (Contributor)

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A collection of twenty stories by North American writers under the age of forty who the editors of the New Yorker felt were, or soon would be, standouts in contemporary fiction.

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This is a great collection of stories by a diverse group of young authors. Although not all of the stories were ones that I would have chosen to read, I did discover some excellent authors that I would not have otherwise learned about or considered. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I mostly liked the stories collected here, which were widely varied, even the ones I didn't really understand. The strength of literary fiction is the exploration of the inner life of a character and the best of these pull some pretty nifty tricks shining a light on a creature of the imagination in a nearly miraculous way. The plots often are asked to play a secondary role. ( )
  rmagahiz | Jul 9, 2020 |
I've had this volume on my shelf for a few years, and I decided to pick it up this month. Between grading and Christmas preparations, I don't have a lot of time to read in December, so short stories seemed like a good idea. This collection has some of my favorite authors, including Nicole Krauss, Dinaw Mengestu, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, along with some new-to-me authors. I generally enjoyed these stories. "The Science of Flight" by Yiyun Li and "Second Lives' by Daniel Alarcon stood out to me because of their ability to capture the essences of their character's lives in a few pages. These stories added layers upon layers to their characters through carefully crafted sentences meted out steadily across the story's pages. ( )
  porch_reader | Dec 21, 2015 |
This is one of the best collections of short stories I've ever read and I discovered some new authors. The downside, of course, is that my new favorite authors are young and haven't written very many books yet. ::sigh:: ( )
  tripleAgirl | Feb 26, 2011 |
I don't think that there is a single bad story in this collection. Usually, there is one or two of uneven quality, but these are all stellar. What amazed me most was the variety of topics and voices, from very modern to fairy tales to historical pieces and from very descriptive to poetic and short, streamlined sentences. I was never bored, discovered a series of authors of whom I will no doubt read more books and always looked forward to the next story. These compilations always come with a bag of criticisms (in this case, why choose age as a factor?), but regardless, Treisman did a terrific job of choosing compelling tales from a wide and fascinating corpus. I definitely recommend it! ( )
  Cecilturtle | Jan 8, 2011 |
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Treisman, DeborahEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adichie, Chimamanda NgoziContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adrian, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alarcon, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bezmozgis, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bynum, Sarah Shun-LienContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferris, JoshuaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foer, Jonathan SafranContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freudenberger, NellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Galchen, RivkaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krauss, NicoleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Li, YiyunContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mengestu, DinawContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Meyer, PhilippContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morgan, C. E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Obreht, TeaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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