In his introduction to this volume, Stephen King writes, _25E2_2580_259CTalent does more than come o0BDB3354B7 Wonderfully eclectic, The Best American Short Stories 2007 collects stories by writers of undeniable talent, both newcomers and favorites. These stories examine the turning points in life when we, as children or parents, lovers or friends or colleagues, must break certain rules in order to remain true to ourselves. In T.
C. Boyles heartbreaking "Balto," a thirteen-year-old girl provides devastating courtroom testimony in her fathers trial. Aryn Kyles charming story "Allegiance" shows a young girl caught between her despairing British mother and motherly American father.
In "The Bris," Eileen Pollack brilliantly writes of a son struggling to fulfill his filial obligations, even when they require a breach of morality and religion. Kate Walberts stunning "Do Something" portrays one mothers impassioned and revolutionary refusal to accept her sons death. And in Richard Russos graceful "Horseman," an English professor comes to understand that plagiarism reveals more about a student than original work can.
New series editor Heidi Pitlor writes, "Stephen Kings dedication, unflagging hard work, and enthusiasm for excellent writing shone through on nearly a daily basis this past year . . .
We agreed, disagreed, and in the end very much concurred on the merit of the twenty stories chosen." The result is a vibrant assortment of stories and voices brimming with attitude, deep wisdom, and rare compassion.