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Pushcart Prize XXXVI: Best of the Small Presses 2012 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Henderson, Bill (Editor), Pushcart Prize Editors (Corporate Author)
ISBN: 1888889632     ISBN-13: 9781888889635
Publisher: Pushcart Pr
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: November 2011
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Annotation: Presents a collection of short stories, essays, and poems from throughout the year, culled from small presses and literary journals.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
American literature; 21st century.
American literature; History and criticism.
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Anthologies (multiple Authors)
- Literary Collections | American
Dewey: 810/.8
LCCN: bl2011031873
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Pushcart Prize
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.50" (1.10 lbs) 569 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 August #4)

It's been a good year at the small presses, and the 37th annual Pushcart Prize anthology is proof—much of the writing here, amassed from numerous publications, is excellent. In the stellar short fiction piece entitled "A Family Restaurant," Karen Russell describes the titular eatery's "‘WORLD-FAMOUS' FROSTY TREAT, MAMA'S DEATHBED SHERBET!;" the late Harry Crews offers a frightening bit of memoir; and Marilynne Robinson addresses the uses of narrative and sanity in her sharp essay, "On ‘Beauty.'" Barely 20 pages later, the collection takes a dramatic turn—and it is these tectonic shifts that make this compilation so alluring—to Kent Russell's headlong nonfiction dive into the bawdy and bloody world of the American Juggalo. Interspersed throughout are some wonderful poems, including Diane Suess's "Everything Is Sexual or Nothing Is," and a smattering of mostly disappointing genre fiction. As is to be expected with an anthology of this size and scope, not everything works. Some of the pieces are saccharine, others fall flat. But on the whole, Henderson and company's selections are fresh and compelling, and provide an excellent glimpse into the state of the art outside of publishing's Big Six. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

The latest Pushcart Prize anthology once again delivers the year's best writing in one accessible package. In "Mishti Kukur," Deborah Thompson recalls visiting her husband's relatives in India six years after his death, and describes the solace she finds in the stray dogs she could watch but not touch. Anis Shivani's "The MFA/Creative Writing System is a Closed, Undemocratic, Medieval Guild System That Represses Good Writing" offers excellent, necessary criticism. Outstanding poetry selections include works by Joy Katz, Mark Halliday, Douglas Goetsch, Judith Kitchen, and Stephen Dobyns. Halliday's "Meditation After an Excellent Dinner" is surely the most irreverent: "When I shop at Whole Foods I try to remember/we are all going to die because this makes the imported groceries/luminous with their being, you know, not forever." Fiction fans will find many new favorites, including Elizabeth Tallent's remarkable "Never Come Back," which tells the story of a family in turmoil after a teenager's pregnancy. In "We Don't Deserve This" by Sandra Leong, absentee parents must face their sociopath children, who have been suspended from boarding school, accused of trafficking other students. This outstanding anthology more than earns its reputation as a must-have for readers of contemporary literature. (Oct.)

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