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We Are the Stories We Tell

by Wendy Martin (Editor)

Other authors: Margaret Atwood (Contributor), Toni Cade Bambara (Contributor), Ann Beattie (Contributor), Becky Birtha (Contributor), Sandra Cisneros (Contributor)19 more, Louise Erdrich (Contributor), Mary Gordon (Contributor), Tama Janowitz (Contributor), Maxine Hong Kingston (Contributor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contributor), Paule Marshall (Contributor), Bobbie Ann Mason (Contributor), Mary McCarthy (Contributor), Susan Minot (Contributor), Alice Munro (Contributor), Flannery O'Connor (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Grace Paley (Contributor), Jayne Ann Phillips (Contributor), Francine Prose (Contributor), Leslie Marmon Silko (Contributor), Anne Tyler (Contributor), Alice Walker (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Contributor)

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A collection of twenty-six of the finest stories by the finest women writers to come out of the U.S. and Canada in the past fifty years. Organized by publication date, authors include Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Beattie, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Ann Tyler, Tama Janowitz, Sandra Cisneros, Mary Gordon, and Alice Walker.… (more)
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Rereading this 30 year slater, I was not an enamored as I was the first time through, but it's still a solid anthology and captures well the short story scene of the late 80s. It was racially diverse for its time -- Erdrich, Cisneros, and Birtha to go along with the fairly canonical at that time Walker, Marshall, Silko, Kingston, Bambara. Still plenty of white women, though, and a strong New Yorker presence. Among the 70s-80s stories, the Gordon, Prose, Beattie, and Janowitz feel dated, but the Minot holds up -- though does not seem as stylistically or thematically radical as it did then. Marshall's "Brookyln" I had completely forgotten but loved, and Erdrich's "Fleur" I completely remembered and loved. Some pieces seemed odd choices -- didn't work well as part of this grouping -- and those were primarily the less narrative-focused stories -- "Blackguard," "On Discovery," "She Unnames Them." Overall, it is a great snapshot of the state of the art in 1990. ( )
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Martin, WendyEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bambara, Toni CadeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beattie, AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Birtha, BeckyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cisneros, SandraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Erdrich, LouiseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gordon, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Janowitz, TamaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kingston, Maxine HongContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Guin, Ursula K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marshall, PauleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mason, Bobbie AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCarthy, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Minot, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munro, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Connor, FlanneryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paley, GraceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Phillips, Jayne AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Prose, FrancineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silko, Leslie MarmonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tyler, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walker, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A collection of twenty-six of the finest stories by the finest women writers to come out of the U.S. and Canada in the past fifty years. Organized by publication date, authors include Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Beattie, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Ann Tyler, Tama Janowitz, Sandra Cisneros, Mary Gordon, and Alice Walker.

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