As a former editor for Granta, John Freeman will have seen a wide range of stories, from a wide variety of writers, aiming to be featured within the august pages of one of the most critically acclaimed, and popular magazines for creative writing, so it is no surprise that the stories within this volume are of a uniformly very high standard.
From names such as David Mitchell, and Dave Eggers, to names that I was unfamiliar with, these stories, with the central themes of journeys (physical, cultural,spiritual etc) offer something to fans of the short form. Poems are next to photography, and next to stories, whether only a few pages long, or more formal the themes are well touched on, with writing that is both direct, and more delicate, from the examinations of well worn loves, to fleeting meetings, or to characters seeking to understand their parents, or their children better than they ever have done.
With 22 contributors, not everything is going to be to every reader’s taste, but most readers will find something they like, that they can relate to, and will discover new writers, and new ways of looking at the world, as a result of expose to the stories and ideas contained within this book.
Freeman’s – The Best New Writing on Arrival – Various writers – edited by John Freeman
9781611855418|Grove Press pbk Oct 2015
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