Here is a fascinating and enlightening book for fiction readers and writers alike. Written by some of our most powerful contemporary authors, the stories gathered here were selected as striking examples of one of the six elements of craft: character, plot, theme, structure, voice, and setting. In interviews that focus on the appropriate craft element, the authors discuss sources of inspiration and the challenges they faced. Sandra Cisneros, Kim Edwards, George Garrett, Ellen Gilchrist, Gail Godwin, Allan Gurganus, Charles Johnson, Walter Kirn, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ursula K. Le Guin, Elizabeth Tallent, and Tobias Wolff.
Praise for the Book:
"A book that students—and lovers—of the short story form will want to own. Mandelbaum is very good at getting writers to reveal their secrets.…A marvelous curiosity is at work here, one that digs deep."—Shannon Ravenel, former Series Editor, Best American Short Stories
About the Editor: Paul Mandelbaum is the author of two novels, Garrett in Wedlock and Adriane on the Edge, and editor of the anthology First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors. He teaches at Emerson College’s Los Angeles Center and in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Original Trade Paperback/ $16.95 (Can. $24.00)/ ISBN 978-0-89255-312-9/ 356 pages/ Literature, Anthology