In his introduction to this one hundredth volume of the beloved Best American Short Stories, guest editor T. C. Boyle writes, �The Model T gave way to the Model A and to the Ferrari and the Prius . . . modernism to postmodernism and post-postmodernism. We advance. We progress. We move on. But we are part of a tradition.� Boyle�s choices of stories reflect a vibrant range of characters, from a numb wife who feels alive only in the presence of violence to a new widower coming to terms with his sudden freedom, from a missing child to a champion speedboat racer. These stories will grab hold and surprise, which according to Boyle is �what the best fiction offers, and there was no shortage of such in this year�s selections.� Mulling over the question of character likability, series editor Heidi Pitlor asks, �Did I like these characters? I very much liked reading their stories, as did T. C. Boyle.� Here are characters who �are living, breathing people who screw up terribly and want and need and think uneasy thoughts.�
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