Table of Contents for The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story

By Suma Gangasani | April 27 2021 | Literature

In The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story, celebrated editor and anthologist, John Freeman showcases a curated selection of the best and most representative contemporary American short fiction from 1970 to 2020, including works by such authors as Ursula K. LeGuin, Toni Cade Bambara, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandra Cisneros, and Ted Chiang.

 

The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story

 

Table of Contents

Introduction by John Freeman

THE LESSON Toni Cade Bambara, 1972

A CONVERSATION WITH MY FATHER Grace Paley, 1972

THE ONES WHO WALK AWAY FROM OMELAS Ursula K. Le Guin, 1973

BICYCLES, MUSCLES, CIGARETTES Raymond Carver, 1973

THE FLOWERS Alice Walker, 1973

GIRL Jamaica Kincaid, 1978

THE RED CONVERTIBLE Louise Erdrich, 1981

THE REENCOUNTER Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1982

TAKING CARE Joy Williams, 1982

STORY Lydia Davis, 1983

CHINA Charles Johnson, 1984

PET MILK Stuart Dybek, 1984 

THE WAY WE LIVE NOW Susan Sontag, 1986

SALVADOR LATE OR EARLY Sandra Cisneros, 1986

THE THINGS THEY CARRIED Tim O’Brien, 1986

RIVER OF NAMES Dorothy Allison, 1988

EMERGENCY Denis Johnson, 1991

STICKS George Saunders, 1994

FIESTA, 1980 Junot Díaz, 1996

SILENCE Lucia Berlin, 1998

THE  TWENTY EVENTH MAN Nathan Englander, 1998

BULLET IN THE BRAIN Tobias Wolff, 1998

THE HERMIT’S STORY Rick Bass, 1998

A TEMPORARY MATTER Jhumpa Lahiri, 1998

THE PENTHOUSE Andrew Holleran, 1999

THE FIX Percival Everett, 1999 292 WATER CHILD Edwidge Danticat, 2000

THE AMERICAN EMBASSY Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2003

THE CONDUCTOR Aleksandar Hemon, 2005

ST. LUCY’S HOME FOR GIRLS RAISED BY WOLVES Karen Russell, 2007

THE LAST THING WE NEED Claire Vaye Watkins, 2010

THE PAPER MENAGERIE Ken Liu, 2011

THE DUNE Stephen King, 2011 

DIEM PERDIDI Julie Otsuka, 2011

THE GREAT SILENCE Ted Chiang, 2015

THE MIDNIGHT ZONE Lauren Groff, 2016

ANYONE CAN DO IT Manuel Muñoz, 2019

About the Contributors

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About the Book

In the past fifty years, the American short story has changed dramatically. New voices, forms, and mixtures of styles have brought this unique genre a thrilling burst of energy. The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story celebrates this avalanche of talent.

This rich anthology begins in 1970 and brings together a half century of powerful American short stories from all genres, including—for the first time in a collection of this scale—science fiction, horror, and fantasy, placing writers such as Ursula K. Le Guin, Ken Liu, and Stephen King next to some beloved greats of the literary form: Raymond Carver, Grace Paley, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Denis Johnson. Culling widely, John Freeman, the former editor of Granta and now editor of his own literary annual, brings forward some astonishing work to be regarded in a new light. This book will be a treasure trove for readers, writers, and teachers alike.

The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story
978-1-9848-7780-2
A selection of the best and most representative contemporary American short fiction from 1970 to 2020, including such authors as Ursula K. LeGuin, Toni Cade Bambara, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandra Cisneros, and Ted Chiang, hand-selected by celebrated editor and anthologist John Freeman
$28.00 US
May 04, 2021
Hardcover
496 Pages
Penguin Press