20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker edited by Deborah Treisman
(Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2010, 431 pages)
I’d been wanting to pick up this collection of short stories for a while. This is a compilation of work from the 20 authors under 40 that were highlighted in The New Yorker. The only thing the authors have in common is a discernible literary talent and the fact that they are all under the age of 40 (or were when the list was compiled), other than that, they all have very unique styles and literary focuses. I enjoyed this book because it exposed me to a lot of authors whose other work I’m eager to check out. I also had a slight bias because a friend I went to Divinity School with is included in this talented group, C.E. Morgan.
If you’re looking to be introduced to new authors or are just eager to check out a diverse collection of short stories, this was a good read. Not all the stories spoke to me, but like I mentioned earlier, enough did that I’m eager to check out their other work.