counter create hit The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: Fifty North American Stories Since 1970 - Download Free eBook
Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: Fifty North American Stories Since 1970

Availability: Ready to download

Selected from a survey of more than 200 English professors, award-winning short-story writers, novelists, and fiction workshop directors, a remarkable collection of North American literature written since 1970. Includes: This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona by Sherman Alexie Death by landscape by Margaret Atwood Raymond's run by Toni Cade Bambara Sarah Cole : a type of Selected from a survey of more than 200 English professors, award-winning short-story writers, novelists, and fiction workshop directors, a remarkable collection of North American literature written since 1970. Includes: This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona by Sherman Alexie Death by landscape by Margaret Atwood Raymond's run by Toni Cade Bambara Sarah Cole : a type of love story by Russell Banks Click by John Barth The school by Donald Barthelme Wild horses by Rick Bass The man who knew Belle Starr by Richard Bausch Gryphon by Charles Baxter Customs of the country by Madison Smartt Bell Silver water by Amy Bloom Tall tales from the Mekong Delta by Kate Braverman A good scent from a strange mountain by Robert Olen Butler The year of getting to know us by Ethan Canin Errand by Raymond Carver Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros White angel by Michael Cunningham Fiesta 1980 by Junot Diaz Pet milk by Stuart Dybek The prophet from Jupiter by Tony Earley Saint Marie by Louise Erdrich Rock Springs by Richard Ford The mail lady by David Gates Same place, same things by Tim Gautreaux Nebraska by Ron Hansen In the cemetery where Al Jolson is buried by Amy Hempel Emergency by Denis Johnson Marie by Edward P. Jones Cold snap by Thom Jones Doe season by David Michael Kaplan Patriotic by Janet Kauffman Girl by Jamaica Kincaid Territory by David Leavitt The kind of light that shines on Texas by Reginald McKnight You're ugly, too by Lorrie Moore The management of grief by Bharati Mukherjee Meneseteung by Alice Munro Ghost girls by Joyce Carol Oates The things they carried by Tim O'Brien The shawl by Cynthia Ozick Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx Strays by Mark Richard Intensive care by Lee Smith The way we live now by Susan Sontag Two kinds by Amy Tan First, body by Melanie Rae Thon Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog by Stephanie Vaughn Nineteen fifty-five by Alice Walker Fever by John Edgar Wideman Taking care by Joy Williams


Compare
Ads Banner

Selected from a survey of more than 200 English professors, award-winning short-story writers, novelists, and fiction workshop directors, a remarkable collection of North American literature written since 1970. Includes: This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona by Sherman Alexie Death by landscape by Margaret Atwood Raymond's run by Toni Cade Bambara Sarah Cole : a type of Selected from a survey of more than 200 English professors, award-winning short-story writers, novelists, and fiction workshop directors, a remarkable collection of North American literature written since 1970. Includes: This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona by Sherman Alexie Death by landscape by Margaret Atwood Raymond's run by Toni Cade Bambara Sarah Cole : a type of love story by Russell Banks Click by John Barth The school by Donald Barthelme Wild horses by Rick Bass The man who knew Belle Starr by Richard Bausch Gryphon by Charles Baxter Customs of the country by Madison Smartt Bell Silver water by Amy Bloom Tall tales from the Mekong Delta by Kate Braverman A good scent from a strange mountain by Robert Olen Butler The year of getting to know us by Ethan Canin Errand by Raymond Carver Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros White angel by Michael Cunningham Fiesta 1980 by Junot Diaz Pet milk by Stuart Dybek The prophet from Jupiter by Tony Earley Saint Marie by Louise Erdrich Rock Springs by Richard Ford The mail lady by David Gates Same place, same things by Tim Gautreaux Nebraska by Ron Hansen In the cemetery where Al Jolson is buried by Amy Hempel Emergency by Denis Johnson Marie by Edward P. Jones Cold snap by Thom Jones Doe season by David Michael Kaplan Patriotic by Janet Kauffman Girl by Jamaica Kincaid Territory by David Leavitt The kind of light that shines on Texas by Reginald McKnight You're ugly, too by Lorrie Moore The management of grief by Bharati Mukherjee Meneseteung by Alice Munro Ghost girls by Joyce Carol Oates The things they carried by Tim O'Brien The shawl by Cynthia Ozick Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx Strays by Mark Richard Intensive care by Lee Smith The way we live now by Susan Sontag Two kinds by Amy Tan First, body by Melanie Rae Thon Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog by Stephanie Vaughn Nineteen fifty-five by Alice Walker Fever by John Edgar Wideman Taking care by Joy Williams

30 review for The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: Fifty North American Stories Since 1970

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    I had to read this for class :) Definitely recommend checking it out if you're looking to get into short stories! I'd say my favorites were, "The Fireman's Wife" by Richard Bausch, "Silver Water" by Amy Bloom, "The Ceiling" by Kevin Brockmeier, "After Rosa Parks" by Janet Desaulniers, "Territory" by David Leavitt, "The Kind of Light that Shines of Texas" by Reginald McKnight, "Orientation" by Daniel Orozco, "Pilgrims" by Julie Orringer, "Brownies" by ZZ Packer, "Sea Oak" by George Saunders, "Ton I had to read this for class :) Definitely recommend checking it out if you're looking to get into short stories! I'd say my favorites were, "The Fireman's Wife" by Richard Bausch, "Silver Water" by Amy Bloom, "The Ceiling" by Kevin Brockmeier, "After Rosa Parks" by Janet Desaulniers, "Territory" by David Leavitt, "The Kind of Light that Shines of Texas" by Reginald McKnight, "Orientation" by Daniel Orozco, "Pilgrims" by Julie Orringer, "Brownies" by ZZ Packer, "Sea Oak" by George Saunders, "Tony's Story" by Leslie Marmon Silko, "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan, and "The Rest of Her Life" by Steve Yarbrough.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Edan

    This is the second edition, which I'm going to be teaching from. Except for a few of the same stories from the last version, this is a totally different book! *** I didn't read through the first edition quite so exhaustively as I did with this second edition, so it's unfair of me to say which one is better. I didn't like all the stories in this book, but many of them ask some interesting questions regarding structure, character, point of view--that is, they're useful for teaching, and learning. So This is the second edition, which I'm going to be teaching from. Except for a few of the same stories from the last version, this is a totally different book! *** I didn't read through the first edition quite so exhaustively as I did with this second edition, so it's unfair of me to say which one is better. I didn't like all the stories in this book, but many of them ask some interesting questions regarding structure, character, point of view--that is, they're useful for teaching, and learning. Some of the stories that really stood out to me this edition were: -"A Real Doll" by A.M. Homes (A boy fucks his sister's Barbie, who speaks to him and may or may not be alive despite her unwavering dollness--I loved this story!) -"The Disappeared" by Charles Baxter -"The Ceiling" by Kevin Brockmeier (A favorite of mine since it first appeared in McSweeneys) -"We Didn't" by Stuary Dybek (Sigh, so lovely) -"Stone Animals" by Kelly Link -"Two Boys" by Rick Moody -"Caveman in Hedges" by Stacey Richter -"The Pugilist at Rest" by Thom Jones. -"Sarah Cole" by Russell Banks, "Marie" by Edward P. Jones, "The School" by Donald Barthelme, "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, and "The Management of Grief" by Baharati Mukherjee, all of which are also in the first edition. There are others I enjoyed and admired, but I won't bore you. Perhaps I didn't like this collection more because I'm simply a little sick of reading a handful of stories every day. Also, I lament certain absences; where is Lorrie Moore (!), Alice Munro, Jim Shepard, Aimee Bender, Dan Chaon? Also, they replaced Junot Diaz's "Fiesta 1980" with "Nilda"--not as good, in my opinion, but maybe the former is over-anthologized? I would've switched out "Marie" for a newer Jones story, but now I'm just rambling from the soap box... My point: This anthology is worth reading, especially in tandem with the first edition. It's useful if paired with a collection of older stories. Otherwise, how will students be introduced to Katherine Mansfield and John Cheever? Oh Fuck, there are just too many terrific stories to fit into a semester!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline West

    I found this on one of those bargain racks at Waldenbooks, and man, was it worth the $4.99. For a collection this large, the quality is consistently excellent, and almost all of the modern masters of the short story are represented: Raymond Carver, Lorrie Moore, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Sherman Alexie, etc. It would have been well worth the price just for the sake of Annie Proulx's "Brokeback Mountain," Richard Bausch's "The Man Who Knew Belle Starr," and Reginald McKnight's "The Kind of I found this on one of those bargain racks at Waldenbooks, and man, was it worth the $4.99. For a collection this large, the quality is consistently excellent, and almost all of the modern masters of the short story are represented: Raymond Carver, Lorrie Moore, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Sherman Alexie, etc. It would have been well worth the price just for the sake of Annie Proulx's "Brokeback Mountain," Richard Bausch's "The Man Who Knew Belle Starr," and Reginald McKnight's "The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas." Gorgeous, inspiring stuff.

  4. 4 out of 5

    M.E.

    This book is probably the best deal I've ever gotten. One book, fifty stories by fifty writers. While none of the stories in here blew me away, all of them are very good and they are a good introduction to a lot of great writers that I hope to read more from. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy way to be exposed to a lot of good writing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    50 short stories. I couldn't get through two of them. However, there were four that were so beautifully written they made my heart ache. I plan on using several of them in the classroom for my students. Two things were great about this book: the fact I didn't stay up until 3am reading and I have a slew of other books I want/need to read written by some of these authors.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Most of these stories were fantastic. This is not only a collection of entertaining stories but also a collection of instructive stories. I will definitely refer back to this volume often. There were a few duds in my opinion, so I'm curious to know why those stories were selected for the anthology.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Thank you for depressing me over and over again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I read this bit by bit over 5+ years to figure out how I feel about short stories. A short story compilation can be tough going b/c so many of the stories are just so somber one after another (Not that there's anything wrong with somber writing, but It's A Mood). My favorites were: Saint Marie (Louise Erdrich), Patriotic (Janet Kauffman), You're Ugly Too (Lorrie Moore); Intensive Care (Lee Smith).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Lanter

    This is a pretty strong collection of short stories, some of which I had already read in various fiction workshops. It is impossible to collect the best works or to satisfy every reader, but I felt like this collection tries to get a lot of different authors both culturally and aesthetically. I thought the beginning and middle stories were stronger than the last third for whatever reason. If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be The Caretaker. It is hands down one of the most powerful st This is a pretty strong collection of short stories, some of which I had already read in various fiction workshops. It is impossible to collect the best works or to satisfy every reader, but I felt like this collection tries to get a lot of different authors both culturally and aesthetically. I thought the beginning and middle stories were stronger than the last third for whatever reason. If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be The Caretaker. It is hands down one of the most powerful stories I've ever read. Here are the stories that I particularly liked: Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story by Russell Banks The Disappeared by Charles Baxter Silver Water by Amy Bloom Caviar by T.C. Boyle After Rosa Parks by Janet Desaulniers Nilda by Junot Diaz The Caretaker by Anthony Doerr We Didn't by Stuart Dybek Marie by Edward P. Jones The Pugilist at Rest by Thom Jones The Things They Carried by Tim O' Brien Orientation by Daniel Orozco Tony's Story by Leslie Marmon Silko

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    As with any collection like this, you will love some and there will be others that you don't care for nearly as much. Unfortunately, there are some in the beginning (it's set up alphabetically by author) that I've forgotten about. So the ones I do remember from the beginning were quite memorable (obviously) and I'll include those in what I think are the 5-star stories (though I've probably missed some as well): John Barth's "Click," Donald Barthelme's "The School," Raymond Carver's "Errand," Juno As with any collection like this, you will love some and there will be others that you don't care for nearly as much. Unfortunately, there are some in the beginning (it's set up alphabetically by author) that I've forgotten about. So the ones I do remember from the beginning were quite memorable (obviously) and I'll include those in what I think are the 5-star stories (though I've probably missed some as well): John Barth's "Click," Donald Barthelme's "The School," Raymond Carver's "Errand," Junot Diaz' "Fiesta 1980," Denis Johnson's "Emergency," Edward P. Jones' "Marie," Thom Jones' "Cold Snap," Bharati Mukherjee's "The Management of Grief," and Annie Proulx' "Brokeback Mountain" stand out for me in this thick anthology.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liz Mourant

    This anthology, at the halfway mark, has already surpassed my expectations held out for a prime cut of anthologized meat! Inside my book, I felt the need to distinguish the very best of stories with underliner and checks as they were stellar examples of craft. Yet, nearly every story inside this book is a winner and a delight to feast one's imagination and desires for fulfilling fiction within. Joyous, but not wholly from joy...often from dailiness, sorrowing, and variegated jousts with the stuf This anthology, at the halfway mark, has already surpassed my expectations held out for a prime cut of anthologized meat! Inside my book, I felt the need to distinguish the very best of stories with underliner and checks as they were stellar examples of craft. Yet, nearly every story inside this book is a winner and a delight to feast one's imagination and desires for fulfilling fiction within. Joyous, but not wholly from joy...often from dailiness, sorrowing, and variegated jousts with the stuff of compelling fiction. Excellent anthology; and there are not that many excellent anthologies around in my opinion...as far too many are simply touting a canon rather than displaying most everything good in the literary arts, whether expected or not.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    My advanced fiction class used this as a textbook in college; we read various selections and discussed them in class when we weren't work-shopping our peers' stories. As a new writer just beginning to get serious about writing, this collection offered a variety of stories told in different styles that helped me understand individual writers' voices. Though short, these stories are complex; each time I read one, I draw something new from it, something that I overlooked on previous readings. About My advanced fiction class used this as a textbook in college; we read various selections and discussed them in class when we weren't work-shopping our peers' stories. As a new writer just beginning to get serious about writing, this collection offered a variety of stories told in different styles that helped me understand individual writers' voices. Though short, these stories are complex; each time I read one, I draw something new from it, something that I overlooked on previous readings. About half of these stories were assigned during my college class; the other half of the book I willingly (and quickly!) read on my own. This is a great resource for classes as well as readers looking for nuanced and interesting short stories.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    A great collection of short stories. My only complaint is that i'd read many of the short-stories previously. I can't say i love every story in this collection. This is quite the eclectic group of stories and one out of three stories is incredible. Some of my favorites in the book: Richard, Mark: Strays Kincaid, Jamaica: Girl Jones, Thom: Cold Snap Atwood, Margaret: Death by Landscape Barth, John: Click Oates, Joyce Carol: Ghost Girl Hempel, Amy: In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried O'Brien, Tim: Th A great collection of short stories. My only complaint is that i'd read many of the short-stories previously. I can't say i love every story in this collection. This is quite the eclectic group of stories and one out of three stories is incredible. Some of my favorites in the book: Richard, Mark: Strays Kincaid, Jamaica: Girl Jones, Thom: Cold Snap Atwood, Margaret: Death by Landscape Barth, John: Click Oates, Joyce Carol: Ghost Girl Hempel, Amy: In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried O'Brien, Tim: The Things They Carried Proulx, Annie: Brokeback Mountain Banks, Russell: Sarah Cole:A Type of Love Story Johnson, Denis: Emergenc

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Sometimes after reading too many novels I find a short-story collection to be just the break I need. I'm always looking for hidden treasures no matter what I read. When there is such a variety of authors and writing styles I know I'm bound to find some real gems. I gave four or five stars to ten of these fifty stories. (That's 10% as compared 38% of fiction and nonfiction books. At least I know I can finish a short story without thinking afterwards that I've wasted a whole lot of time.) My favor Sometimes after reading too many novels I find a short-story collection to be just the break I need. I'm always looking for hidden treasures no matter what I read. When there is such a variety of authors and writing styles I know I'm bound to find some real gems. I gave four or five stars to ten of these fifty stories. (That's 10% as compared 38% of fiction and nonfiction books. At least I know I can finish a short story without thinking afterwards that I've wasted a whole lot of time.) My favorites include "The Secret Goldfish," by David Means and "My Shape," by Joan Silver. Note: This review is not meant for people who don't like what I have to say.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David

    Probably one of the better short story anthologies I've read (still have the Oxford and Ecco anthology left). Starts off incredibly strong, meanders for a bit, gets interesting again, then boring, then great, then really great, and then finishes strong. So, your typical anthology. Absolute favorites: "Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story," Russel Banks "The Hermit's Story," Rick Bass "The Fireman's Wife," Richard Bausch "The Disappeared," Charles Baxter "The Caretaker," Anthony Doerr "Communist," Richard Probably one of the better short story anthologies I've read (still have the Oxford and Ecco anthology left). Starts off incredibly strong, meanders for a bit, gets interesting again, then boring, then great, then really great, and then finishes strong. So, your typical anthology. Absolute favorites: "Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story," Russel Banks "The Hermit's Story," Rick Bass "The Fireman's Wife," Richard Bausch "The Disappeared," Charles Baxter "The Caretaker," Anthony Doerr "Communist," Richard Ford "The Kind of Light that Shines in Texas," Reginald McKnight "The Secret Goldfish," David Means "Sea Oak," George Saunders

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kateragan

    I love this anthology and recommend it to anyone who has half a stomach for short stories. One of my favorite stories is "White Angel," it has phrases like "all velvet motherliness." It is a stunning piece of fiction. I also enjoyed "Silver Water" , "Customs of the Country" , "Brokeback Mountain" , "The Things they Carried" , "In the Cemetery where Al Jolson is Buried" , "Rock Springs" , "Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta" , "The Man who Knew Belle Star", "Wild Horses" "Sarah Cole: A Type of Love I love this anthology and recommend it to anyone who has half a stomach for short stories. One of my favorite stories is "White Angel," it has phrases like "all velvet motherliness." It is a stunning piece of fiction. I also enjoyed "Silver Water" , "Customs of the Country" , "Brokeback Mountain" , "The Things they Carried" , "In the Cemetery where Al Jolson is Buried" , "Rock Springs" , "Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta" , "The Man who Knew Belle Star", "Wild Horses" "Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story." , "This is what it means to say Phoenix Arizona" and the list goes on and on....

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Loved reading a massive collection and being introduced to new authors and read stories that reinforced the ones I already admire. Interesting that while these stories are supposed to cover the 1970s to now that most of these stories were published in the 1990s and 2000s while a few were published in the 1980s and no later. Faves here are the stories by Antonya Nelson, Steve Yarborough, Stacey Richter, Daniel Orozco, Julie Orringer, ZZ Packer, George Saunders, Tim O'Brien (of course), Denis John Loved reading a massive collection and being introduced to new authors and read stories that reinforced the ones I already admire. Interesting that while these stories are supposed to cover the 1970s to now that most of these stories were published in the 1990s and 2000s while a few were published in the 1980s and no later. Faves here are the stories by Antonya Nelson, Steve Yarborough, Stacey Richter, Daniel Orozco, Julie Orringer, ZZ Packer, George Saunders, Tim O'Brien (of course), Denis Johnson, AM Homes, Stuart Dybek, Janet Desaulniers, Sandra Cisneros, and Russell Banks.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Read several of the stories a few years ago, then the bulk of them recently. From my notes and imperfect memory, these were standouts for me: - "The School" by Donald Barthelme - "Never Marry a Mexican" by Sandra Cisneros - "Car Crash While Hitchhiking" by Denis Johnson - "A Temporary Matter" by Jhumpa Lahiri - "Stone Animals" by Kelly Link - "The Translation" by Joyce Carol Oates - "Pilgrims" by Julie Orringer - "Sea Oak" by George Saunders About 34% female protagonists, 54% male, and 12% multiple/other Read several of the stories a few years ago, then the bulk of them recently. From my notes and imperfect memory, these were standouts for me: - "The School" by Donald Barthelme - "Never Marry a Mexican" by Sandra Cisneros - "Car Crash While Hitchhiking" by Denis Johnson - "A Temporary Matter" by Jhumpa Lahiri - "Stone Animals" by Kelly Link - "The Translation" by Joyce Carol Oates - "Pilgrims" by Julie Orringer - "Sea Oak" by George Saunders About 34% female protagonists, 54% male, and 12% multiple/other/unknown

  19. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Williams

    This isn't a bad collection to have if you want to familiarize yourself with contemporary North American literary fiction. It isn't my favorite by a long way, and it includes some disappointingly mediocre stories. But there are one or two, like Sherman Alexie's This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona, or Kate Braverman's Tall Tales From The Mekong Delta which are worth having the book for.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Komal

    I loved this anthology - I love short fiction so this was right up my alley. Some of these I had already read before and I loved seeing them in this anthology again...the ones I can remember off the top of my head are Barthelme, Diaz, Lahiri, and O'Brien. I enjoyed seeing Mukherjee and Tan included in here as well. I think it's great bc it's diverse (it should be it's long!) and really a collection of some of the best pieces out there.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stefani Sanchez

    This book has been filled with many meaningful (and sometimes not) stories. I have enjoyed sharing the information about the author's, their works, and their possible thought processes as they wrote. I am not sure that anthologies are my favorite, but it has most definitely been an interesting ride. I found a few new favorite authors here, Joyce Carol Oates and Melanie Rae Thon. Nice to read if you are looking for something that will have you wondering what the [email protected]#$!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Wilmotte

    Out of the fifty I probably read 15 of these, so perhaps I missed a gem or two, but overall I hated this collection. Literary fiction is not my genre, apparently, as I found most of these stories to be either depressing, creepy, inappropriate, or just boring. And after a few stories they all (to me) started to sound the same. Exceptions were 'The Hermit's Tale' and 'Relief' which I actually rather enjoyed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adiva Abdulkar

    I love this anthology and I always will. My professor had us get this for my first university creative writing class and I felt compelled to buy a copy for myself once the class was over. It's full of great stories that showcase excellent writing skills as well as intriguing themes/metaphors and unique characters. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys writing contemporary stories.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marketta Sowers

    A great collection of short stories of literary fiction. Some stories where hard to follow or simply boring, but most where fantastic examples of great short fiction. Perfect for when you need a short read every once in awhile!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    So-so. Except Thom Jones's "Cold Snap" is - snap - good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily Gong

    My bookshelf companion since high school. Great memories of high school contemporary fiction class - some of my favorite homework and general reading.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    My favorite collection of short stories out there. Lorrie Moore. David Leavitt. Kate Braverman. Oh, I could go on. I love coming back to this thing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Using this as a teaching text for my writing workshop. Seems like a solid collection, so far.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    this was an amazaing collection, I enjoyed every story and the always love the way the charactersin a hsort story are so vivid and intense, they stay with me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    A great collection of short stories. I'm still not through it all...

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.