New American Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)

By Ben Marcus

In New American Stories, the gorgeous, the unusual, the depression, and the elegant all comingle to teach the giant variety of the yank brief tale . during this amazing anthology, Ben Marcus has corralled an essential and artistically singular crowd of up to date fiction writers. gathered listed below are practitioners of deep realism, stunning experimentalism, and each hybrid in between. Luminaries and cult authors stand facet via facet with the main compelling new literary voices. Nothing below the yank brief tale renaissance distilled all the way down to its such a lot correct, bold, and unforgettable works, New American Stories places on huge demonstrate the genuine paintings of an American idiom.

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