Best of the West 2010: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri by James Thomas

Best of the West 2010: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri

EditorJames Thomas, D. Seth HortonForeword byKent Meyers

Paperback | September 1, 2010

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Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, an annual anthology of exceptional short fiction rooted in the western United States, debuted in 1988 and continued publication until 1992. Recognizing that the West remains rewarding territory for literary explorations, James Thomas and D. Seth Horton revived the series in 2009.

Best of the West 2010 brings together established and emerging writers who reinterpret this most vital of literary regions and create, as Kent Meyers puts it in his foreword, .gift[s] the nation needs right now.. Editors Horton and Thomas have chosen nineteen stories by writers including Sherman Alexie, Rick Bass, Ron Carlson, Julia Glass, William Kittredge, Kent Nelson, and Deb Olin Unferth. Their subjects vary from a Greek community in Wyoming dealing with a suicide, to a re-creation of Christ's crucifixion in New Mexico, to an unlikely friendship that peaks at a burial ground in Alaska. Best of the West 2010 is the latest indication that the West has become one of the most crucial settings for contemporary American fiction.


  • Sherman Alexie
  • Rick Bass
  • John Blanchard
  • Elea Carey
  • Ron Carlson
  • Natalie Diaz
  • Darren Dillman
  • Ben Ehrenreich
  • Julia Glass
  • Dina Guidubaldi
  • Ben Kostival
  • William Kittredge
  • Paul Mihas
  • Kent Nelson
  • Daniel Orozco
  • Kirstin Valdez Quade
  • Aurelie Sheehan
  • Justin St. Germain
  • Deb Olin Unferth

About The Author

JAMES THOMAS coedited (with Denise Thomas) the first five volumes of Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. He has taught fiction at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.D. SETH HORTON, who holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, was fiction...

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Title:Best of the West 2010: New Stories from the Wide Side of the MissouriFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8.95 × 6.1 × 0.82 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292722982

ISBN - 13:9780292722989

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Editor's Note, D. Seth HortonForeword, Kent MeyersGreen World, from Harper's Magazine SHERMAN ALEXIEFish Story, From The Atlantic Magazine RICK BASSCinéma Vérité, from Southwestern American Literature JOHN BLANCHARDOne Time, from The Georgia Review ELEA CAREYVictory at Sea, From The Iowa Review RON CARLSONHow to Love a Woman with No Legs, from The Iowa Review NATALIE DIAZCloudcroft, from Shenandoah DARREN DILLMANEverything You See Is Real, from BOMB Magazine BEN EHRENREICHThe Price of Silver, from Five Points JULIA GLASSThe Desert: A Field Guide, from The Santa Monica Review DINA GUIDUBALDIStone Boat, from Narrative WILLIAM KITTREDGEIslanders, from The New England Review BEN KOSTIVALThis Is Not a Barren Place, from Nimrod International Journal PAUL MIHASThe Spirit Bird, from The Virginia Quarterly Review KENT NELSONOnly Connect, from Ecotone DANIEL OROZCOThe Five Wounds, from The New Yorker KIRSTIN VALDEZ QUADEGentle Future, from Copper Nickel AURELIE SHEEHANTortolita, from ZYZZYVA JUSTIN ST. GERMAINWait Till You See Me Dance, from Harper's Magazine DEB OLIN UNFERTHOther Notable Western Stories of the YearPublications ReviewedNotes on ContributorsCredits