About the BookEdited by the award-winning author of "Notable American Women," this engaging and comprehensive collection contains 29 short stories that show the stylistic variety of the medium in America today. Contributors include Jhumpa Lahiri, David Foster Wallace, Rick Bass, and Anne Carson.
Book Synopsis"In twenty-nine separate but ingenious ways, these stories seek permanent residence within a reader. They strive to become an emotional or intellectual cargo that might accompany us wherever, or however, we go. . . . If we are made by what we read, if language truly builds people into what they are, how they think, the depth with which they feel, then these stories are, to me, premium material for that construction project. You could build a civilization with them." --Ben Marcus, from the Introduction Award-winning author of Notable American Women Ben Marcus brings us this engaging and comprehensive collection of short stories that explore the stylistic variety of the medium in America today. Sea Oak by George Saunders
About the AuthorBen Marcus is the author of Notable American Women and The Age of Wire and String. His work has appeared in Grand Street, Harper's, McSweeney's, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.