Title: THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2018
Ed. By Roxane Gay
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 2, 2018)
Don’t have as much reading time as you would like? Ready to discover new literary voices or revisit some favorites? Maybe it’s time to try a short story collection, and this one is a great one to start with.
Author Ron Rash’s contribution, THE BAPTISM, is classic, no holds barred Rash. When an unrepentant, violent abuser demands to be baptized in order to marry the barely-teenaged sister of his former wife (who fled for her life), what is a Reverend to do? EVERYTHING IS FAR FROM HERE by Cristina Henriquez tells the tale of a woman and her son fleeing from the horrors of their country to the promise of a new life in another. What they endure on the journey and at their destination is not at all what was expected. Curtis Sittenfelds’s THE PRAIRIE WIFE introduces us to Kirsten and Lucy. Two women with very different lives but who share a brief, romantic past. Life, it seems, doesn’t always work out the way you think it will. In UNEARTH by Alicia Elliott, a 63 year old Mohawk woman is informed that the remains of her then 5 year old brother, missing for some 55 years, have been unearthed on the grounds of the Iroquois Residential School which they both attended. They were sent to the school to save their souls but it stole a life instead.
There are so many more moving, beautifully written stories in this edition for readers to lose themselves in, if only for a few pages.
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