The New Granta Book of the American Short Story

The New Granta Book of the American Short StoryIn 1992, Richard Ford Edited And Introduced The First Granta Book Of The American Short Story It Became The Definitive Anthology Of American Short Fiction Written In The Last Half Of The Twentieth Century An Exemplary Choice In The Words Of The Washington Post With Stories By Eudora Welty, John Cheever, Raymond Carver, And Forty Others Demonstrating How Much Memorable Power Can Lie In The Briefest Narration In The Years Since, Ford Has Been Reading New Stories And Rereading Old Ones And Selecting New Favorites This New Collection Features Than Forty Stories, Including Some He Regretted Overlooking The First Time Around, As Well As Many By A New Generation Of Writers Among Them Sherman Alexie, Junot D Az, Deborah Eisenberg, Nell Freudenberger, Matthew Klam, Jhumpa Lahiri, And Z Z Packer None Of The Stories Though A Few Of The Writers Were In The First Volume Once Again, Ford S Introduction Is An Illuminating Exposition Of How A Good Story Is Written By A Master Of The Craft.

Richard Ford, born February 16, 1944 in Jackson, Mississippi, is an American novelist and short story writer His best known works are the novel The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land and Let Me Be Frank With You, and the short story collection Rock Springs, which contains several widely anthologized stories Comparisons have been drawn between Ford s work and the

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  • Paperback
  • 736 pages
  • The New Granta Book of the American Short Story
  • Richard Ford
  • English
  • 23 March 2017
  • 9781847080400

10 thoughts on “The New Granta Book of the American Short Story

  1. says:

    This did not knock me out but lemme tell you it would ve if it had fell from the top shelf and caught me a curt blow upon the cranium It s a whopper I think my reviewing career would have come to a sudden halt I read it over about four years and finished it this week.Well of course I would like to spin some grand theory about The Short Story And Its Vastly Underappreciated Importance but who has the time Not you, not me What I can say is that now right now is a golden age, specifically in America I could name you six or seven brilliant practitioners of the art of the literary 45 rpm, only one of whom is in this vast volume So we need a New New Granta Book The recent stuff is wilder, rantier, less judicious, no...

  2. says:

    Any collection of short stories by different authors is going to have its highs and lows There are plenty of lows in this, but about one third of the stories resonated with me Among my favorites were John Cheever s Reunion, which managed, in probably only 1,000 words, to give us everything we needed to know about the history between a father and son and did so with much humor Tom Franklin s Grit, which managed to toe the catwalk between darkness and roller coaster throughout its ending which, as every good story should be, was shocking yet inevitable George Saunders rollicking CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, which reminded me of how a ghost story written in the spirit of Chuck Palahniuk might sound like This story was unlike any other in the collection and, combined with Richard Ford s spectacular introduction which lays out a sound philosophy for short story writing , is worth the price of at least the paperback version of this collection.Other notable stories for me included Bharati Mukherjee s The Management of Grief though that may be because I remember the Pan Am Lockerbie disaster so well Stuart Dybek s The Palatski Man what can I say I m a Chicagoan Tobias Wolff doing what he does best writing about childhood in Firelight Ann Beattie s The Rabbit Hole as Likely Explanation, where the character c...

  3. says:

    Anthologies are a dicey thing You may either get some real good works and some new authors you have never heard of or if the editor is not up to the mark, you get some listless collection of works by the usual well known names I have been lucky in this regard several times, I read Juan Rulfo the first time in one such latin american anathology The Granta Anthology is a a collection of 44 stories written in the second half of the 20th century by American writers Since the editor Richard Ford himself is no mean short story writer, I picked this one up I got the second volume of this anthology The first was apparently published in 1992 Ford has added some new writers in this collection released some years ago again.The collection has the usual suspects like Updike, Cheever, Annie proulx Some like me, who is in India does not have immediate access to the latest emerging writers, even if I read about someone in the net or in some magazine, it is pretty difficult to get their books here This collection also introduced to me several writers whom I have missed for so long The writers who...

  4. says:

    It s very difficult to make a bad collection out of the kind of writers in this book, and this isn t a bad collection, it s just a less necessary one than the original Granta Book of the American Short Story There s no arc here the eighties minimalists have won over the seventies experimentalists only Barthelme gets any space in this edition and the new people just aren t good enough to merit inclusion I mean, Z.Z Packer Nell Freudenberger It s not entirely Ford s fault, because the earlier edition came at the heels of what was pretty much a golden age for the short story, and there hasn t been as much action in recent years The best selections here are about playing catch up Denis Johnson, Deborah Eisenberg, Thom Jones One gets the sense that he s grabbing the newest writers without knowing what s out there No Charles D Ambrosio, no Rebecca Curtis, no Miranda July love her or hate her , no Dan Chaon, no Jonathan Lethem, no Aleksander H...

  5. says:

    This is a splendid read In a boring, didactic introduction, the editor bangs on about the shortest of the stories, tempting the reader to ignore all the others, which would be a shame The stories are all well crafted, though they vary considerably in content and style Inevitably, not all will be to every reader s taste, and though...

  6. says:

    As far as variety goes, this book has it But the choices within did not impress me I like short stories, but I think that I am not a fan of modern short stories I want closure and most of these stories lacked closure They did not even rea...

  7. says:

    Following an inspiring Introduction by editor Richard Ford, I was disappointed by the early selections in this collection Perseverance paid off, however, as I was pleased to later encounter over a dozen excellent stories I had not yet read in other anthologies These included The Artificial Nigger by Flannery O Conner Oh, Joseph, I m So Tired by Richard Yates Killings by Andre Dubus Helping by Robert Stone Get Some Young by Barry Hannah Ancient History by Richard Bausch The Rabbit Hole as Likely Explanation by Ann Beattie A Romantic Weekend by Mary Gaitskill Two Dogs by Steve Yarbrough ...

  8. says:

    Read in 2008 with Dad.What a behemoth of a book for us to have picked for our challenge As you may remember, we wound out spreading this one out and reading it in both July AND October and even then it was touch and go whether we d finish this one as it s just too darn big for me to carry around and I do apparently almost all my reading in transit.There were a few oldies thrown in at the beginning, where I thought what is this one doing here i.e., given the composition of the rest of the choices , but for the most part I thought these were good stories...

  9. says:

    Richard Ford s Introduction 2 starsJohn Cheever s Reunion 3 starsGrace Paley Friends 2 1 2 stars strong content but the lack of quotation marks and the avoidance of reader friendly exposition for too long I had no idea who was who and what was going on are annoying.Richard Yates Oh, Joseph, I m So Tired 1 starUpdike Natural Color 3 the last thirteen words ruin the ending and make the story seem of an exercise than it actually is.Andre Dubus Killings 4 Bharati Mukherjee The Management of Grief 1Richard Bausch Ancient History 3Tobias Woolf Firelight 4Deborah Eisenberg The Custodian 3 beautifully written but no transformation occurs making the flawless telling seem pointless or rather, the transformation is the remaking of the magical into the mundane i will revisit this story someday.Dennis Johnson Work 5Kevin Canty Blueboy 5Mary Gaitskill A Romantic Weekend 3Lorrie Moore People Like That Are the Only People Here 1Matthew Klam Issues I Dealt with in Therarpy 5Jhumpa...

  10. says:

    Not the author s fault, but nonetheless the amount of scanner errors in this book is unacceptable Substitution of exclamation points for lower case t s transforms everyday statements into ecstatic slang, yes, but it s annoying.Most of the stories are excellent, but a couple have no qualification save for, apparently, the usage of unfamiliar ethnic words.I unders...

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