Best of the West 2011
295 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Sep 2011
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Best of the West 2011

New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri

Edited by James Thomas and D. Seth Horton; Introduction by Ana Castillo
University of Texas Press
Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, an annual anthology of exceptional short fiction rooted in the western United States, debuted in 1988 and continued publication until 1992. Recognizing that the West remains rewarding territory for literary explorations, James Thomas and D. Seth Horton revived the series in 2009. Best of the West 2011: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri is the latest volume in what has become one of the nation’s most important anthologies. Editors Horton and Thomas have chosen twenty stories by writers including Rick Bass, T. C. Boyle, Ron Carlson, Philipp Meyer, Dagoberto Gilb, Yiyun Li, Antonya Nelson, and Sam Shepard. Subjects vary from an Idaho family that breeds lions and tigers with disastrous results, to a Mormon veteran whose mind is taken over by a nineteenth-century consciousness, to a Texas boy who spends an afternoon with Bonnie and Clyde shortly before their deaths. Taken together, these stories suggest that the West has become one of the most exciting and diverse literary regions in the twenty-first century.
JAMES THOMASYellow Springs, OhioThomas coedited (with Denise Thomas) the first five volumes of Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. He has taught fiction at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and at Baylor University
Editor's Note, D. Seth HortonForeword, Ana CastilloCoach, from The Idaho Review RICK BASSThe Silence, from The Atlantic T. C. BOYLEEscape from Prison, from Tin House RON CARLSONBonnie and Clyde in the Backyard, from Glimmer Train K. L. COOKMelinda, from The Kenyon Review JUDY DOENGESUncle Rock, from The New Yorker DAGOBERTO GILBDrive, from The Gettysburg Review AARON GWYNLooking for Boll Weevil, from From the Hilltop TONI JENSENTwo Years, from Narrative TIM JOHNSTONSame as It Was When You Left, from The Bat City Review ALYSSA KNICKERBOCKERNevada, from The Southern Humanities Review KATE KRAUTKRAMERLunch Across the Bridge, from The Antioch Review PETER LASALLEAlone, from The New Yorker YIYUN LIHorn Hunter, from The Antioch Review MICHAEL J. MACLEODWhat You Do Out Here, When You're Alone, from The New Yorker PHILIPP MEYERiff, from Tin House ANTONYA NELSONCreatures of the Kingdom, from Epoch STEPHANIE REENTSFive Shorts, from Day Out of Days: Stories SAM SHEPARDOpposition in All Things, from Ecotone SHAWN VESTALThe Last Thing We Need, from Granta CLAIRE VAYE WATKINSOther Notable Western Stories of the YearPublications ReviewedNotes on ContributorsCredits
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