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New American Stories is an anthology of, more than anything, the weird. Frustrated and weird characters, weird isolated suburban streets, explosive wars whose origins are weird and unclear. The American landscape that each of these stories suggests is bizarre but also familiar. The variation of work in this collection is expansive, from brief stories by relatively un-laureled young writers, to an eerie new story by Don DeLillo. The whole thing is exciting, valuable, and worth reading from front to back, or back to front, or in whatever order you want. The ideal place to read this book: the train. Whether your commute is short or blissfully long.