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The Best American Short Stories 1996

First edition (publ. Houghton Mifflin)

The Best American Short Stories 1996, a volume in The Best American Short Stories series, was edited by Katrina Kennison and by guest editor John Edgar Wideman.[1][2][3]

Short stories includedEdit

Author Story Source
Alice Adams "Complicities" Michigan Quarterly Review
Rick Bass "Fires" Big Sky Journal
Jason Brown "Driving the Heart" Mississippi Review
Robert Olen Butler "Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot" The New Yorker
Lan Samantha Chang "The Eve of the Spirit Festival" Prairie Schooner
Dan Chaon "Fitting Ends" TriQuarterly
Peter Ho Davies "The Silver Screen" Harvard Review
Junot Diaz "Ysrael" Story Magazine
Stephen Dixon "Sleep" Harpers Magazine
Stuart Dybek "Paper Lantern" The New Yorker
Deborah Galyan "The Incredible Appearing Man" Missouri Review
Mary Gordon "Intertextuality" The Recorder
David Huddle "Past My Future" Story Magazine
Anna Keesey "Bright Winter" Grand Street
Jamaica Kincaid "In Roseau" The New Yorker
William Henry Lewis "Shades" Ploughshares
William Lychack "A Stand of Fables" Quarterly West
Joyce Carol Oates "Ghost Girls" American Short Fiction
Angela Patrinos "Sculpture I" The New Yorker
Susan Perabo "Some Say the Word" TriQuarterly
Lynn Sharon Schwartz "The Trip to Halawa Valley" Shenandoah (magazine)
Akhil Sharma "If You Sing Like That for Me" The Atlantic Monthly
Jean Thompson "All Shall Love Me and Despair" Mid-American Review
Melanie Rae Thon "Xmas, Jamaica Plain" Ontario Review


  1. ^ Kennison, Katrina and Wideman, John Edgar (editors), The Best American Short Stories 1996, New York, 1996.
  2. ^ Three collections offer surprises, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sept 28, 1997
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune, Jan. 5, 1997