|Publisher:||W W Norton & Co Inc|
|Publish Date:||Nov 2012|
|Number of Pages:||651|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||2.3|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.7 x 2.1 x 9.3|
This latest edition of the annual compilation of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from small and independent presses contains 65 pieces, plus a fine introduction by Pushcart Press's founder and editor, Henderson. As always, the pieces selected are of uniform high quality, while appealing to a variety of different tastes. For example, this reviewer especially liked those that dealt with religious themes: Erin McGraw's "Punchline" is a story about a dedicated priest whose life and career become derailed after a series of unfortunate incidents; Anthony Wallace's "The Old Priest" details the complex relationship between the title character and a would-be writer.
In nonfiction, Ann Patchett's beautiful and moving "The Mercies" is a tribute to a nun, her teacher and friend Sister Nena; while Shozan Jack Haubner's memoir, "A Zen Zealot Comes Home", provides a family portrait of a Zen Buddhist monk and his conflicts with his parents.
Verdict: This entry in the series is a must-purchase for most public and undergraduate libraries and will be valuable to all readers interested in the current state of fiction, poetry, essay writing, and memoir.
-Morris Hounion, New York City Coll. of Technology Lib., CUNY
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For well over three decades, the Pushcart Prize has presented a stunning annual celebration of stories, poems, essays and memoirs from our small presses. Once again this dynamic series proves that small is beautiful.
These 60 brilliant selections, culled from 8,000 nominations and hundreds of presses provide "essential reading" (Kirkus) for avid readers of modern literature.
The Pushcart Prize has been named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, picked for several Book-of-the-Month Club selections, hailed by Publishers Weekly "as among the most influential books" in American publishing history, and recently awarded The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement award by the National Book Critics Circle.
This year distinguished poets Bob Hicok and Maxine Kumin serve as poetry co-editors.
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