Thursday, June 9, 2011

Book Review: Looks like 2009 was a bad year for short fiction

The Best American Short Stories 2009The Best American Short Stories 2009 by Alice Sebold

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

So not my thing, and maybe I'm in a ridiculously picky mood, but I wasn't impressed by anything I read in here. I got kind of excited as I moved toward the end of the collection and spotted stories by Jill McCorkle and Annie Proulx. I was also impressed by Alex Rose's writing in his story, "Ostracon" from Ploughshares, but none of the stories grabbed me the way stories from other collections have.

As I read through this collection, I started wondering, Have I been corrupted by reading all that YA fiction? Do I hate adult short stories now? Then, I realized, that's not true at all. Some of my favorite pieces of writing are short stories.

Here are some collections that I recommend over these:

Emerald City  StoriesWilderness TipsBangs and Whimpers  Stories About the End of the World (Roxbury Park Books)Zombies vs. UnicornsThe Best American Short Stories 1996Night ShiftInterpreter of MaladiesThe Night in Question  Stories20 Under 40  Stories from The New Yorker

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