Best American

The Best American Short Stories 2022

    • 3.7 • 14 Ratings
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Publisher Description

A collection of the year’s best short stories, selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Sean Greer and series editor Heidi Pitlor.

Andrew Sean Greer, “an exceptionally lovely writer, capable of mingling humor with sharp poignancy” (Washington Post), selects twenty stories out of thousands that represent the best examples of the form published the previous year. 

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2022
November 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Mariner Books
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
3.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Richard Bakare ,

Reality in Doubt

I’ve looked forward to this edition of the American Short Story collection for a while. I envisioned it would capture the best reflective story telling on the turbulent years that were 2020 & 2021. I was not disappointed. Every story thoughtfully navigated the balancing act between hope and despair. The common way finder being how hope helps us navigate the space between.

Additionally, there is the thread on how the power of mystery can keep us going. Especially when existing in the limbo of life in between what was and what will be during a Pandemic; our very reality in doubt. A myriad of characters are presented to us in disparate stories dreaming of the world as it should be against the painful backdrop of how it is.

Surprisingly, the existence of Covid and its challenge to reality as we know it unearthed two other compelling themes. One being the spiraling madness of anti-intellectualism and hate. The other being the multiple references to a multi-verse of possibilities. Maybe the entropic madness of those years had us longing for a fork in a road that we could have taken to a different outcome. Overall, a compelling collection.

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