Mammoth Book of Lesbian Short Stories (Mammoth Books)
Registered by msjoanna of Columbia, Missouri USA on 8/21/2014
2 journalers for this copy...
It's no secret that commercial markets for short stories have been drying up for the past 30 years. This is considered a reflection of the diminishing readership for short fiction, and, as a result--with the occasional startling exception--book advances are small, reviews scarce, and promotion negligible. The prophets of literary doom have more or less ignored gay and lesbian fiction, however, where the short story flourishes among a feisty and increasingly discerning readership. "At the end of the 1990s," notes Emma Donoghue, "the only difficulty in compiling a collection of three decades of superb lesbian stories is that there are so many to choose from." Perhaps the best and widest-ranging of recent anthologies, the Mammoth Book includes the work of established writers (Jane Rule, Sara Maitland, Dorothy Allison) alongside that of novices, and corrects the usual overemphasis on American fiction. Like the editors of The Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction, Donoghue has chosen a thematic rather than biographical approach, including women writers "of all persuasions." But don't try to choose between this excellent book and the Vintage anthology, which has a different emphasis. Buy them both and become an expert in the lesbian short story.
It’s always near impossible to review a collection of short stories, especially one that spans some 500 pages. Of course, some of these stories are better than others, though only one that I thought completely awful. The collection is well-edited, with stories grouped and a short essay before each section explaining the grouping.
Mailed to Switzerland as part of the Alphabet VBB. Enjoy!
Journal Entry 4 by penelopewanders at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Here as a selection from the Alphabet VBB. I'm sometimes on the fence about anthologies, but I expect it will be interesting. This has arrived safely in the Swiss Alps, thanks so much for sending. I hope you and yours are well!