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“From the classics of Welty, Oates, and O’Connor to the latest stories of Mason, Erdrich, Atwood, and LeGuin, this anthology shows the astonishing range of contemporary women's fiction in North America,” writes Elaine Showalter. For all the diversity of the stories—in subject, style, setting and mood—they have one thing in common: every one is a joy to read and an outstanding example of the fiction writer’s art.
Stories and contributors include:
Mary McCarthy, “The Blackguard”
Eudora Welty, “No Place For You, My Love”
Flannery O’Connor, “A View of the Woods”
Grace Paley, “An Interest in Life”
Paule Marshall, “Brooklyn”
Joyce Carol Oates, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
Toni Cade Bambara, “My Man Bovanne”
Leslie Marmon Silko, "Yellow Woman"
Margaret Atwood, “Giving Birth”
Jayne Ann Phillips, “Souvenir”
Bobbie Ann Mason, “Shiloh”
Tama Janowitz, “The Slaves of New York”
Susan Minot, “Lust”
Sandra Cisneros, “Hairs, A Rice Sandwich, Hips”
Anne Beattie, “Janus”
Ursula K. Le Guin, “She Unnames Them”
Francine Prose, “Other Lives”
Louise Erdrich, “Fleur”
Mary Gordon, “The Dancing Party”
Becky Birtha, “In the Life”
Anne Tyler, “Holding Things Together”
Maxine Hong Kingston, “On Discovery”
Alice Walker, “The Abortion”