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The Penguin book of the modern American short story

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Publication Information

New York : Penguin Press, 2021.

Physical Description

xv, 480 pages 25 cm


"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."--


  • Introduction / Lesson / Conversation with my father / Ones who walk away from Omelas / Bicycles, muscles, cigarettes / Flowers / Girl / Red covertible / Reencounter / Taking care / Story / China / Pet milk / Way we live now / Salvador late or early / Things they carried / Tim O'Brien, 1986
  • River of names / Emergency / Sticks / Fiesta, 1980 / Silence / Twenty-seventh man / Bullet in the brain / Hermit's story / Temporary matter / Penthouse / Fix / Water child / American embassy / Conductor / St. Lucy's home for girls raised by wolves / Last thing we need / Paper menagerie / Dune / Diem perdidi / Great silence / Midnight zone / Anyone can do it

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