New American Stories

Ben Marcus

Published: 6 August 2015
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 784 pages
ISBN: 9781783781478
£14.99

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Published: 6 October 2016
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 784 pages
ISBN: 9781783781485
£12.99

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Overview

The short story is a barometer for the state and shape of literature. New American Stories presents the boldest, most innovative and most resonant fiction coming out of the American literary scene.

Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet and Leaving the Sea, has here curated an anthology that gives the lay of the literary land. From established masters of the form like Don DeLillo and Lydia Davis to neoteric trailblazers such as Rebecca Curtis and Rachel B. Glaser, this collection sees Marcus trying to 'prove that the distinctions we erect between styles and approaches to fiction can be essentially meaningless'. The result will be a must-read, must-own volume for readers of literary fiction.


About the author

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Ben Marcus is the author of The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, The Flame Alphabet and Leaving the Sea. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Harper's and the Paris Review. Marcus has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a Berlin Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is on the faculty at Columbia University in New York. More about the author


Reviews

‘A generous and beautifully designed brick of an anthology... [With writing that is] audaci[ous] and exuberant... it's a well-weighted collection confidently establishing a centre of gravity for American fiction’ Jonathan Gibbs

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Reviews

‘A landmark collection... It's a book to wrestle with as well as enjoy; one that forces you to assess and reassess your own sense of what makes a story any good - even of what makes a story a story. At once absolutely contemporary and timeless’ James Lasdun

‘A snapshot of the past decade from across the pond’ Max Liu, Books of the Year

‘A vibrant and disturbing collection’ Erica Wagner

‘A wealth of fine writing’ Billy O’Callaghan

‘An electrifying odd piece of curation, corralling 32 stories from the post-9/11 age’

‘Diverse, always interesting and sometimes brilliant and if you're interested in reading - or writing - short stories then you need this’ Mark Haddon

‘Marcus's volume is a high octane affair... by the end of the anthology we are left excited by all that is taking place across the Atlantic’ Ruth Gilligan

‘There's something here to delight everyone’ Matt Sturrock





 
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