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    Modern Short Story Writers

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by GoldenGhost, May 7, 2013.

    So, the short story has been my medium of choice, since I started writing/studying writing seriously.. and over the last year or so, I've read the likes of Hemingway and Bradbury, some of Fitzgerald's work, as well as Hawthorne's... some of Poe's stuff.. and a small amount of recent material, mostly what Glimmer Train publishes (though those stories are usually first publications, and not exactly great examples of the *BEST* work). My question to you is this: What, in your opinion, are some of the best modern day short story writers? I'm talking within the last decade, to five years, and more importantly, the current state of writing. Sure I can study the above mentioned masters to get an idea of how to pace a narrative, present characterization or description, how to set a scene, show and tell, etc. etc., but the 'styles' have become more or less obsolete, or 'archaic'.. especially in the grammar and use of language. I'm attempting to become more familiar with the current trend and language and style of the 'modern masters,' if you will. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
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    Alice Munro is the best living short story writer, so start with her. I can't think of any others at the moment, but if I do, I'll update my post.
     
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    George Saunders has a collection on the bestseller lists now. I like some of the stories of T. Coraghessan Boyle. Also try Jhumpa Lahiri. Junot Diaz. Denis Johnson.

    There are more, but those are the ones that pop into my head now.
     
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    I can't believe I forgot Jhumpa Lahiri. Both of her short story collections are good, though I think the first one (Interpreter of Maladies) is better.

    I've never read any stories by T.C. Boyle, but he's certainly a reputable writer.
     
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    There are also anthologies -- The Best American Short Stories, put out every year. Those should give you a good mix, in addition to the authors listed above.
     
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    Raymond Carver
     
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    Rebecca Besser has some pretty good stuff, and she got started here on this very forum. She's a super cool lady too.

    Mike Resnick, not of this forum, is a pretty amazing short fiction author. I have yet to find something from him that wasn't exceptional.
     
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    Karen Russell just published an offbeat collection - Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Also Francesca lia Block has
    some interesting short stories in her Girl Goddess #9

    Also I love John Updike.
    Joyce Carol Oates is pretty good too.
     
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    Thank you everyone for the replies! Looks like I have a ton on my reading plate.
     
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    Joe R. Lansdale writes really good short stories (and novels too). If you google him, his site always has one free short story that changes (I think weekly). He is not afraid of the use of swearing or violence, so if you are easily offended it is not for you. But he does write very well, and has some inventive descriptions.
     
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    I'll check him out, for sure!
     
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    Do. If you like what you read, and want to read longer books I can recommend his novel "The bottoms", in particular (although I haven't read one of his books that was a waste of time)
     
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    I second Raymond Carver, btw nice avatar ;)
     
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