The Granta Book of the American Short Story, Volume Two

The Granta Book of the American Short Story, Volume Two

by Richard Ford (Editor)


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Richard Ford, one of the finest American novelists and short-story writers, introduced the first Granta Book of the American Short Story, which Granta Books published in 1992. It became the definitive anthology of American short fiction written in the last half of the twentieth century. In the fourteen years since, Ford has been reading new stories and rereading old ones and selecting new favourites. This new collection, again of more than forty writers, expands Ford's original choice to include stories that he regretted overlooking first time around as well as many by a new generation of writers, among them Sherman Alexie, Junot Diaz, Deborah Eisenberg, Nell Freudenberg, Matt Klam, Jhumpa Lahiri and Z. Z. Packer. None of the stories (though a few of the writers) was in the first volume. Published to critical acclaim in hardback in 2007, this book is an essential companion volume to the first collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847089786
Publisher: Granta Books
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Sales rank: 785,014
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Richard Ford's story collections include Rock Springs, Women Without Men, and A Multitude of Sins. His novel Independence Day was the first novel to win both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His latest novel, The Lay of the Land, was published in 2006.

Date of Birth:

February 16, 1944

Place of Birth:

Jackson, Mississippi


B.A., Michigan State University, 1966; M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, 1970

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Ladies in Spring Eudora Welty 1

Reunion John Cheever 14

Ship Island: The Story of a Mermaid Elizabeth Spencer 17

Friends Grace Paley 43

The Artificial Nigger Flannery O’Connor 55Louise Erdrichand Tobias Wolff

Oh, Joseph, I’m So Tired Richard Yates 75

Me and Miss Mandible Donald Barthelme 98

Natural Color John Updike 110

The Half-Skinned Steer Annie Proulx 120

Killings Andre Dubus 135

Helping Robert Stone 153

Errand Raymond Carver 180

Where Is Here? Joyce Carol Oates 192

The Management of Grief Bharati Mukherjee 201

The Palatski Man Stuart Dybek 217

Get Some Young Barry Hannah 233

The Farm Joy Williams 262

Mr. Green Robert Olen Butler 275

The Pugilist at Rest Thom Jones 285

Ancient History Richard Bausch 303

Firelight Tobias Wolff 322

The Custodian Deborah Eisenberg 333

The Rabbit Hole as Likely Explanation Ann Beattie 358

The Miracle at Ballinspittle T. C. Boyle 381

American Stories 14/5/08 13:02 Page v

Work Denis Johnson 390

Nothing to Ask For Dennis McFarland 397

Grit Tom Franklin 412

A New Man Edward P. Jones 433

Blue Boy Kevin Canty 446

Anthropology Andrea Lee 462

The Plague of Doves Louise Erdrich 474

A Romantic Weekend Mary Gaitskill 487

Two Dogs Steve Yarbrough 507

People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling

in Peed Onk Lorrie Moore 525

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline George Saunders 556

Issues I Dealt With in Therapy Matthew Klam 573

The Toughest Indian in the World Sherman Alexie 603

A Temporary Matter Jhumpa Lahiri 614

Aurora Junot Díaz 631

The Tumblers Nathan Englander 643

Devotion Adam Haslett 666

The Ant of the Self ZZ Packer 681

Stars of Motown Shining Bright Julie Orringer 704

Lucky Girls Nell Freudenberger 727

Acknowledgements 751


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