Continuing a two-decade tradition of excellence in literature, New Stories from the South presents the 20 best stories of from 1996 to 2005 selected by Anne Tyler. With such authors as Lee Smith, Judy Troy, William Gay, Stephen Coyne, Max Steele, Jill McCorkle and Chris Offutt, Best of the South elegantly portrays an old man's struggle with Alzheimer's, a death row inmate's confusion over his own guilt, and a young girl seeking comfort in a motel room with a trucker, and many more memorable, breathtaking stories.
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by Shannon Ravenel
by Clay Reynolds
by Allan Gurganus
by Nelson Algren
by Jon Katz
by Amanda Eyre Ward
by Bruce Machart
by Jeffery Deaver
by Frank Bill
by Bret Anthony Johnston
"What makes a story Southern? To Anne Tyler, who selected these shorts, stories from this region often involve slices of life with heaping portions of detail that make the setting clear. They're also usually first-person accounts, a point of view that gives this large cast of narrators lots of opportunities to create strong characters, such as a child who encounters Death, an accused killer whose friendship with the sheriff troubles both of them, a woman pawning her boots to buy a bike for her boyfriend's daughter, and a man taking his ex-wife on a trip to see a faith healer. Even the least of the stories sticks with you, thanks to the excellent narration. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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