New American Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)
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.— From Maeve N. Staff Picks
In New American Stories, the beautiful, the strange, the melancholy, and the sublime all comingle to show the vast range of the American short story . In this remarkable anthology, Ben Marcus has corralled a vital and artistically singular crowd of contemporary fiction writers. Collected here are practitioners of deep realism, mind-blowing experimentalism, and every hybrid in between. Luminaries and cult authors stand side by side with the most compelling new literary voices. Nothing less than the American short story renaissance distilled down to its most relevant, daring, and unforgettable works, New American Stories puts on wide display the true art of an American idiom.
About the Author
Ben Marcus is the author of four books of fiction: The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, The Flame Alphabet, and Leaving the Sea, and he is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. His stories have appeared in Harper’s, the New Yorker, Granta, the Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Tin House, and Conjunctions. Among his awards are the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers’ Award. He lives in New York, where he is on faculty at Columbia University.
Praise for Ben Marcus:
"Marcus is a writer of prodigious talent. --New York Times Book Review
"Ben Marcus is the rarest kind of writer: a necessary one. It's become impossible to imagine the literary world--the world itself--without his daring, mind-bending and heartbreaking writing."--Jonathan Safran Foer