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Selected from an extensive nationwide search, this book of fifteen stories by American writers twenty-five years old and younger introduces a new generation of literary talent.
From quiet vignettes of triumph over daily despair, to richly textured narratives of almost epic proportion, the authors explore themes at once contemporary and timeless: the often tangled relationship between parent and child; the lingering legacy of the war in Vietnam; the mysteries of birth, death, sexuality, and marriage; and the sometimes redemptive power of suffering. Visceral, engaging, eminently readable, and memorable, these stories provide an inspiring preview of literary achievement to come.
“If this is what these men and women can give us when they have yet to turn twenty-five, we can only speculate on what will be forthcoming from them in twenty-five years or fifty a great collective boost to American storytelling.” — Robert Coles