The Best American Short Stories 2015

The Best American Short Stories 2015

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In his introduction to this one hundredth volume of the beloved Best American Short Stories, guest editor T. C. Boyle writes, "The Model T gave way to the Model A and to the Ferrari and the Prius . . . modernism to postmodernism and post-postmodernism. We advance. We progress. We move on. But we are part of a tradition."

Boyle's choices of stories reflect a vibrant range of characters, from a numb wife who feels alive only in the presence of violence to a new widower coming to terms with his sudden freedom, from a missing child to a champion speedboat racer. These stories will grab hold and surprise, which according to Boyle is "what the best fiction offers, and there was no shortage of such in this year's selections."

Mulling over the question of character likability, series editor Heidi Pitlor asks, "Did I like these characters? I very much liked reading their stories, as did T. C. Boyle." Here are characters who "are living, breathing people who screw up terribly and want and need and think uneasy thoughts."

T. C. BOYLE, guest editor, has published fifteen novels and ten collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1988 for his novel World's End and the Prix Médicis étranger for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995, as well as the 2014 Henry David Thoreau Prize for excellence in nature writing. His most recent book is the novel The Harder They Come .

HEIDI PITLOR, series editor, is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.


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KarenE61 Apr 19, 2016

I just didn't "get" most of these stories. Of the few I could make sense of, there were even fewer I thought were any good. If this is the "best" of 2015, it must have been an extremely lean year in the literary world. The moral: sticking a label on a sow's ear does not a silk purse make. Oink, oink.

Jan 15, 2016

If you like T.C. Boyle, and I generally do, you'll like most of this collection. There are enough stories here to make it worth checking out but be prepared to skip a few. One unequivocal feature: the quality of the writing is top notch even if some of the stories aren't to everyone's tastes.

Oct 25, 2015

If these are the best short stories America has to offer, then there's something wrong with fiction writers in this country.


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