Variously funny, frightening, poignant, and exhilarating, these collected stories displays the best American writers at the peak of their powers and the national narrative at its most eloquent, truthful, and inventive.
The thirty-three stories in this volume prove that American short fiction maybe be our most distinctive national art form. As selected and introduced by Tobias Wolff, they also make up an alternate map of the United States that represents not just geography but narrative traditions, cultural heritage, and divergent approaches.
Contributors and stories include: Mary Gaitskill, A Romantic Weekend; Andre Dubus, The Fat Girl; Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried; Raymond Carver, Cathedral; Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?; Mona Simpson, Lawns; Ann Beattie, A Vintage Thunderbird; Jamaica Kincaid, Girl; Stuart Dybek, Chopin in Water; Ron Hansen, Wickedness; Denis Johnson, Emergency; Edward P. Jones, The First Day; John L'Heureux, Departures; Ralph Lombreglia, Men Under Water; Robert Olmstead, Cody's Story; Jayne Anne Phillips, Home; Susan Power, Moonwalk; Amy Tan, Rules of the Game; Stephanie Vaughn, Dog Heaven; Joy Williams, Train; Dorothy Allison, River of Names; Richard Bausch, All The Way in Flagstaff, Arizona; and more.