Pages magazine says this collection represents "the absolute best in short literary fiction." This installment exhibits a fresh batch of immensely talented writers, all of whom exemplify the level of accomplishment that has kept this acclaimed series running strong since 1985. Comprising 20 stories, this rich and varied collection features everything from a fresh take on the classic Southern gothic to a velvet-smooth work of erotic suspense.
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by Shannon Ravenel
by Guy De Maupassant
by Dave Eggers
by Allan Gurganus
by Barbara Allan
by Allan Ahlberg
by James Patterson
by Edgar Allan Poe
by Tony Johnston
by Oscar Casares
"In the 21st edition of the collected best short stories from Southern writers, novelist Allan Gurganus proves himself a skilled editor. Matching the excellent writing in this anthology is the professionalism of the cast of narrators. The traditional gothic horror and country comedy are well represented, and this year there is even more variety, with historical fiction mixing well with contemporary stories. Take special note of Cary Holladay's "The Burning," featuring the horrifying fate of a Virginia slave burned at the stake after murdering her master, and Tony Earley's hilarious "Yard Art," which focuses on a country music star's wife and her plumber, who are in search of a lost piece of sculpture. R.O. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"