Best New American Voices 2005

I'm a sucker for short story anthologies. This collection of the best that American writing schools had to offer in 2005 was a bit mixed, but well worth the low price. My favorite was "Essay #3: Leda and the Swan", a poignant love story written in a clumsy and hilarious high school style that reminded me of Ring Lardner. "Creatures of a Day" takes the concept of "Birdy" to a new level of craziness: its protagonist lives among chickens.
Also striking was the large amount of stories written by and/or about immigrants from Asia (almost half of the stories).

Posted by cronopio at 01:25 PM, April 03, 2006