The Best American Short Stories 2003

The Best American Short Stories 2003 Review

Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind.
Lending a fresh perspective to a perennial favorite, Walter Mosley has chosen unforgettable short stories by both renowned writers and exciting newcomers. The Best American Short Stories 2003 features poignant tales that explore the nuances of family life and love, birth and death. Here are stories that will, as Mosley writes in his introduction, "live with the reader long after the words have been translated into ideas and dreams. That's because a good short story crosses the borders of our nations and our prejudices and our beliefs."

Dorothy Allison Edwidge Danticat E. L. Doctorow Louise Erdrich Adam Haslett ZZ Packer Mona Simpson Mary Yukari Waters

Title:The Best American Short Stories 2003
Edition Language:English

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    The Best American Short Stories 2003 Reviews

  • Lisa

    I rarely read short story collections but read this as it was a book club choice. I believe I will get this title each year it is printed. I enjoyed the short reading time each night as well as enjoyi...

  • Jerry

    It seemed to me that a lot more of these stories were not up my alley; but then I got to Dean Paschal’s Moriya, a very New Orleans story about a teen-age boy who discovers dolls. Or, one doll in par...

  • Kyle

    The Best American Short Stories 2003 deserves its 5 star rating. Here are three stories that reason why.WHY THE SKY TURNS RED WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN Set in the future when androids, which are robots t...

  • Lacey Louwagie

    So, seeing as these are "the best" American short stories of 2003, I don't really feel right about dissing any of them. Because even the ones that I didn't like, I could trust the compilers of this co...

  • Holly Interlandi

    Dean Paschal's 'Moriya' saved this sucker from one star. Such a gem in such a sea of... crud....

  • Wendolyn

    It was a nice change to read some short stories.Introduction, p. xiii-xiv, "...I understand the mountain and the novel to be impossible in everyday human terms. Both emerge from a distance that can be...

  • Natalie

    E L Doctorow's "Baby Wilson" is my favorite of the collection. It is amusing and absurd. Karen and the narrator are a regular Bonnie and Clyde, but family-style.Mona Simpson's "Coins" is an engaging v...

  • Vincent

    Several great stories in this edition, but two mysteriously took me in, both a nod to science fiction. The first was about a hundred year old mechanical doll and a maturing adolescent boy in New Orlea...

  • Krystl Louwagie

    I almost feel like you had to be an older women to be interested in these stories. All but 2 were about kids and babies, blech. Most of them were slow moving and boring and too real life. Which I'm li...

  • Ursula Villarreal-Moura

    Although the second half of the book is forgettable and awful, the first half is mostly solid. The best stories are "Kavita through Glass," "Ghost Knife," and "Moriya." ZZ Packer and Mary Yukari's sto...