The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work (Paperback)

The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work By Andrea Barrett (Editor), Peter Turchi (Editor) Cover Image

The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work (Paperback)

By Andrea Barrett (Editor), Peter Turchi (Editor)

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In a splendid display of show-and-tell, 26 writers tell a story and lift the curtain to reveal how they did it.


This big, beautiful anthology of short fiction is for readers, writers, and anyone curious about the mysterious processes of literary minds. All contributors have been recent faculty members of the prestigious Warren Wilson Low Residency Program, including such literary favorites as Margot Livesey, Charles Baxter, Robert Boswell, Jim Shepard, Antonya Nelson, David Shields, and the editors themselves.



Each writer was asked to submit an original story, accompanied by an essay describing the challenges of the story and how they were met. Since writers resist herding, the editors were happily surprised by the wide range of essays—"fiction writers, when given the space, think about their work very differently." We learn about the genesis of a story, how story evolves, what was eventually relinquished and why, and how a story—surprisingly—might "insist" on changing.



Arranged alphabetically by author, and beginning with Richard Russo's cogent introduction, this volume is a treasure throughout.
Andrea Barrett is the author of nine previous works of fiction, including the National Book Award–winning Ship Fever and Pulitzer Prize finalist Servants of the Map. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship, as well as a finalist for the Story Prize and a recipient of the Rea Award for the Short Story. Having lived in Rochester, New York, and western Massachusetts, Barrett now resides in the Adirondacks.

Peter Turchi, director of the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program, lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393325324
ISBN-10: 0393325326
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 17th, 2004
Pages: 480
Language: English