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Book Title: The Best American Short Stories 1990|
The author of the book: Richard Ford
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Edition: Houghton Mifflin
Date of issue: October 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780395516171
Format files: PDF
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This did not particularly grab me at first. Most of the stories in this collection seem to focus on mundane situations, many of them unhappy (illness, death, and loneliness are common themes). Of course there is nothing wrong with dealing with these subjects; in fact it is commendable to do so, given that your major outlets of narrative entertainment rarely do.
Edward Allen checks in with a piece of faux journalism, a careful description of a typical suburban brook. Madison S. Bell's story "Finding Natasha" is a fairly unconvincing portrait of a recovered addict searching for an ex-love on the streets of NYC. Pam Houston has a witty, interesting story, a first person account of woman's dangerous attraction to a macho guy who does things his own way. Siri Hustedt's "Mr. Morning" was the most mysterious piece, and my favorite. In it, a graduate student gets involved in a bizarre research project in which an old fellow gives her objects which once belonged to a girl and asks her to relate her insights about them. Dennis McFarland's piece about a friend of the narration dying of AIDS is sensitive and direct. Steven Millhauser contributes a clever piece about a mysterious magician in 19th century Vienna. Lorrie Moore's "You're Ugly Too" is a good look at an aging, single woman's bitterness toward men. Alice Munro contributes two well-crafted stories about the ups and downs of middle-aged women. Padgett Powell gives us a first-person rant by a typical white trash bozo. Lore Segal presents an intriguing piece about an ESL class and a device straight out of J.G. Ballard. Elizabeth Tallent's "Prowler" was a good description of a divorced couple trying to deal with each other again as the man withholds their son from his supposedly unstable mother.
I guess I did kind of like this book after all.
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Read information about the authorRichard Ford (born February 16, 1944) is an American novelist and short story writer. His best-known works are the novel The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land and Let Me Be Frank With You, and the short story collection Rock Springs, which contains several widely anthologized stories.
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