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A fairly balanced look at some of the leading Dirty Realism writers of the time. I particularly enjoyed the stories by Carver (of course) and Ford, and am excited to read more of their work.
This volume, from 1983, and edited by Bill Buford, features the first story publications by several American authors. There is great work here from Jayne Anne Phillips, Elizabeth Tallent, Frederick Barthelme, Bobbie Ann Mason, Tobias Wolff, and a disturbing explication of the poem, "The Colonel," by Carolyn Forche. A great literary journal at the peak of its game.