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I agree with you about "Balto"--not one of TC Boyle's best.

I read this anthology from start to finish, and almost threw the book across the room after reading the first few stories.

It wasn't until William Gay's story "Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You?" that I thought "wow"!

That story sent me back to Poe, and then to Flannery O'Conner. I read William Gay's collection "I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down". That sent me back to Faulkner, specifically to his story "That Evening Sun Go Down" and the spiritual that inspired both titles. I'm looking forward to more stories from William Gay.

Back to the anthology though--I liked "Wake" and "St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves." I hadn't expected to, so they were both a pleasant surprise.

What really impressed me for some strange reason was Heidi Pitlor's intro. She's the series editor. She read 3000 stories in one year in order to narrow it down to 100 for Stephen King to winnow further.

3000! At the same time she wrote a novel and had a baby. Well, I guess I expected the stories in that anthology to all be as amazing as that feat, but whatever!

CV Rick

I agree that's an amazing feat. I wish I could read that much and write a novel all in one year . . . without the pregnancy and labor to endure.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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