The Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Short Stories

Robert Pack, Editor, Jay Parini, Editor, Robert Pack, Other University Press of New England $40 (341p) ISBN 978-0-87451-392-9
The 22 stories in this collection were selected, say the editors, to ""reflect the variety and scope of fiction in this country in the 1980s.'' As a result, some will please, others may not, but there certainly is something for everyone. The minimalists are represented by Ann Beattie, whose story ``Gypsy Moths'' offers a sliver of life among young New Yorkers with uncertain marriages. Mark Helprin contributes ``The Pacific,'' a wonderfully lyrical piece about a woman who works in a factory while her husband is off fighting in World War II. Richard Ford's ``Fireworks'' is typical of the tough-guy narrative, and, in ``Trying to Save Piggy Sneed,'' John Irving presents a somewhatbut only somewhatfacetious discussion of why he became a writer. Most of the authors here are well knownGail Godwin, Joyce Carol Oates, Cynthia Ozick, John Updikewhich indicates a certain lack of adventurousness. At the same time, it would have been helpful if the editors had provided biographical information about each writer. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1987
Release date: 05/01/1987
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