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The Best American Short Stories 2021

The Best American Short Stories 2021

(The Best American Series)

Jesmyn Ward
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A collection of the year's best stories selected by celebrated two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward


"One of the most searing and singularly gifted writers working today" (Entertainment Weekly), Jesmyn Ward, selects twenty stories out of thousands that represent the best examples of the form published the previous year.


JESMYN WARD received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently a professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award, and Sing, Unburied, Sing, which won the 2017 National Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time and the author of the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. From 2008 to 2010, Ward had a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She was the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for the 2010-2011 academic year. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts and Letters selected Ward for the Strauss Living Award. She lives in Mississippi.


  • Publisher: Mariner Books (October 12, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1328485390
  • ISBN-13: 9781328485397
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
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