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The Best American Short Stories 2008

by Salman Rushdie (Editor), Heidi Pitlor (Series editor)

Other authors: T.C. Boyle (Contributor), Kevin Brockmeier (Contributor), Karen Brown (Contributor), Katie Chase (Contributor), Danielle Evans (Contributor)15 more, Allegra Goodman (Contributor), A.M. Homes (Contributor), Nicole Krauss (Contributor), Jonathan Lethem (Contributor), Rebecca Makkai (Contributor), Steven Millhauser (Contributor), Daniyal Mueenuddin (Contributor), Alice Munro (Contributor), Miroslav Penkov (Contributor), Karen Russell (Contributor), George Saunders (Contributor), Christine Sneed (Contributor), Bradford Tice (Contributor), Mark Wisniewski (Contributor), Tobias Wolff (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Short Stories (2008), Best American (2008)

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The acclaimed annual short fiction series showcases the work of such notable authors as T. C. Boyle, Allegra Goodman, Nicole Krauss, Steven Millhauser, Jonathan Lethem, Karen Russell, and other notables, from a variety of acclaimed sources.
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I read 11 of the 20 stories, part of the annual, well-vetted collection of the year's best. Salmon Rushdie was esteemed editor on this one, and he and series editor Pitlor did fine, in my view. If forced to pick a favorite, Alice Munro's "Child's Play", a story about the lifetime shadow of a single act of cruelty - and tragedy - in childhood, gets the nod. Other engaging stories were "Quality of Life" by Christine Sneed, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove" by Karen Russell (a story which later headlined a Russell collection), and "Straightaway" by Mark Wisniewski. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Aug 28, 2016 |
So nice to see Rushdie include so many excellent stories by relative unknowns. I was most impressed by Katie Chase, Christine Sneed and Danielle Evans. TC Boyle, Steven Millhauser and Alice Munro also acquitted themselves nicely (of course).

And the few stories I thought were duds seem to be consistent favorites in the reviews here, so clearly the editors did a good job of including a variety for all tastes. Nice job. ( )
  patronus11 | Mar 31, 2013 |
One of the best collections they've had, if not my absolute favorite of the series. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
Vergy good selection of stories. It spans from a vampire story to a a cold blooded murder of a special needs child. ( )
  YogiABB | Dec 9, 2008 |
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Rushdie, SalmanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pitlor, HeidiSeries editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Boyle, T.C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brockmeier, KevinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, KarenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chase, KatieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Evans, DanielleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goodman, AllegraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Homes, A.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krauss, NicoleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lethem, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Makkai, RebeccaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Millhauser, StevenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mueenuddin, DaniyalContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munro, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Penkov, MiroslavContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, KarenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saunders, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sneed, ChristineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tice, BradfordContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wisniewski, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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