Pen America Best Debut Short Stories 2017

Yuka Igarashi


Pen America Best Debut Short Stories 2017

Pen America Best Debut Short Stories 2017

  • Title: Pen America Best Debut Short Stories 2017
  • Author: Yuka Igarashi
  • ISBN: 9781936787685
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback



Today s most acclaimed writers all got their start when an editor encountered their work for the first time and took a chance This anthology celebrates twelve such moments of discovery, and is the first volume of an annual collection launched alongside PEN s new Robert J Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers that recognizes outstanding fiction debuts published inToday s most acclaimed writers all got their start when an editor encountered their work for the first time and took a chance This anthology celebrates twelve such moments of discovery, and is the first volume of an annual collection launched alongside PEN s new Robert J Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers that recognizes outstanding fiction debuts published in North America The dozen winning stories included here selected this year by judges Kelly Link, Marie Helene Bertino, and Nina McConigley take place in South Carolina and in South Korea, on a farm in the eighteenth century and among the cubicles of a computer engineering firm in the present day They narrate ancient themes with current urgency migration, memory, technology, language, love, ecology, identity, family Together they act as a compass for contemporary literature they tell us where we re going Each work comes with an introduction by the editor who originally published it, explaining why he or she chose it The commentaries provide insight into a process that often remains opaque to readers and aspiring writers, and offer a chance to showcase the vital work literary magazines do to nurture our boldest and most exciting new voices.


Recent Comments "Pen America Best Debut Short Stories 2017"

I picked this one up after hearing “1,000-Year-Old Ghosts” by Laura Chow Reeve read aloud on Levar Burton Reads - which, aside from being an impressive debut - absolutely shot to the top of my favorite short stories, period, for any year from any season of writer. Do not miss “Tell Me, Please” by Emily Chammah (a totally worthy lead-off batter to ensure you’re sick-free for the rest of the collection) and “The Asphodel Meadow” by Jim Cole; so weird and melodic, and maybe I need som [...]

This is bad. I picked up this book going by the title. It has "America's best stories" in it. So I thought it will at least turn out to be an easy read. But when I finished the book, I was so disappointed that I picked up a book for it's title. I will never do it again There are twelve short stories in this book of varying length. A couple of stories are around 2000 words. One common thing that binds all the stories is the unsatisfactory ending. It is all left to the readers wisdom and intellect [...]

**This review is only for 1000 Year Old Ghost, by Laura Chow Reeve; as listen to on LeVar Burton Reads podcast.**I love the idea of being able to bottle up memories to keep them and being able to open the jars and relive the memories.The tale raises a very good question of who gets to chose what we remember and how those memories are told. We would like to think they're our own, but so much of what we experience is based off of our past life, other's we're with at the time, our family and friend [...]

"Tell Me Please" by Emily Chammah ★★★★This story follows Amal, a young girl in Jordan who is very best friends with her cousin Omar. They write each other secret notes in English (when they only know a few words) and she falls in love with him. Unfortunately, it is improper for the two to spend any time alone together once Amal becomes "a woman" and they go several years without knowing or seeing each other. As an young adult in her parent's house, Amal finds Omar on Facebook. She starts [...]

I found this collection of short stories on IndieBound. There are some beautiful stories, including the girl from the Middle East who finds herself, the wilderness of Alaska shown through the eyes of the sled dogs and the coming of age story of the girl from Korea. All these stories seem to have a couple tropes in common, either a person's journey (physical or psychological) or a visitor to a new environment and how they adjust. The Pen series is worth a visit, as it gives us a glimpse of the up [...]

Outstanding group of short stories. Great variety of themes and topics. Very well written. Looking forward to the next edition.

An amazing collection.

Some genuinely interesting stories in here. "The Handler" was a personal favorite.

Short fiction is dope!

These were good stories, but tended to paint a short period in the lives of their subjects with intense colors, and then end without a clear resolution. All of them seemed legitimate choices for a collection of debut authors. Two that I particularly liked were Angela Ajayi, 'Galina', about the return of a Ukrainian woman to her radiation-blighted home village to see her mother; and Ben Shattuck, 'Edwin Chase of Nantucket', about a stranger who shows up at the remote farmhouse of the narrator and [...]


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