Archive for the The Best American Short Stories 2007. Stephen King & Heidi Piltor. Category

Alice Munro. Dimension.

Posted in Short Stories, The Best American Short Stories 2007. Stephen King & Heidi Piltor. with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by Richard Farrell

Father kills children to punish his wife after she leaves him for a night.   Lloyd’s personality haunts the story; he’s part bully, part mystic, part criminal.  His control over his family is rigid and absolute.  Fascinating look at the husband-wife in extremis.

Eileen Pollack. The Bris.

Posted in Short Stories, The Best American Short Stories 2007. Stephen King & Heidi Piltor. with tags , , , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by Richard Farrell

An dying father confesses to his son that he lived a life pretending to be Jewish.  He asks the son to arrange a circumcision before his death, a task which the son struggles to understand and carry out.  The story felt overwritten in places to me, but the central premise was fascinating.

Kate Walbert. Do Something.

Posted in Short Stories, The Best American Short Stories 2007. Stephen King & Heidi Piltor. with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by Richard Farrell

A woman keeps getting arrested trying to take photographs of the coffins as the emerge from cargo planes.    The woman eventually bites one of the soldiers and is thrown in jail.   Her family doesn’t understand her behavior but then the story turns to focus on the emotional impact from the death of her son.

Roy Kesey. Wait.

Posted in Short Stories, The Best American Short Stories 2007. Stephen King & Heidi Piltor. with tags , , , on March 21, 2009 by Richard Farrell

People waiting for a plane in an airport go through a come devolution of civilization as the hours blend into days.   The accountant, the woman from Ghana and the Bulgarian poet are the 3 central characters.  The story sweeps across the various groups.  Interesting structure/characterization.

Randy DeVita. Riding the Doghouse.

Posted in Short Stories, The Best American Short Stories 2007. Stephen King & Heidi Piltor. with tags , , , , on March 11, 2009 by Richard Farrell

Father and son come to terms with growing up/old as they travel together in a Peterbilt truck one summer.  Son takes 1st step away from his father’s authority by playing with the CB radio one night.   Encounters strange voice who appears to be stalking his father.   They have an interesting connection (father and son).

T.C. Boyle. Balto.

Posted in Short Stories, The Best American Short Stories 2007. Stephen King & Heidi Piltor. with tags , , , on March 11, 2009 by Richard Farrell

Father struggles with alcoholism while raising two daughters.  Teen girl takes the wheel from drunke dad and must testify about it after an accident.  Dad already has 1 DUI.  Mother is in Paris and apparently absent.

Ann Beattie. Solid Wood.

Posted in Short Stories, The Best American Short Stories 2007. Stephen King & Heidi Piltor. with tags , , , , on March 11, 2009 by Richard Farrell

Older brother & sister travel to the Florida Keys to meet up with the widow of famous writer who the sister once had an affair with (and a baby that was give up for adoption.)  They witness a magic show which seems to imply that the magician might in fact be the long-lost son.