It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art

It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art


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In time for the one-year anniversary of the Trump Inauguration and the Women’s March, this provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors—including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child—with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.

When Donald Trump claimed victory last November, the US literary world erupted in indignation. Many of America’s leading writers and artists openly resist the current administration’s dogma and earliest policy moves, and they’re not about to go gently into that good night. In It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art, more than thirty of the most acclaimed modern writers consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democracy—through fiction.

Featuring artwork by some of today’s best known artists, cartoonists, and graphic novelists—including Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Marilyn Minter, and Eric Fischl—who cover political, social, and cultural issues, this anthology is a beautiful, enduring collection that will resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501179600
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 760,412
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen and edited by writer and artist Jonathan Santlofer, It Occurs to Me That I Am America includes contributions from Mary Higgins Clark, Lee Child, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Russo, Alice Hoffman, Elizabeth Strout, Louise Erdrich, Walter Mosley, Julia Alvarez, Michael Cunningham, Art Spiegelman, Sara Paretsky, Alice Walker, Stephen L. Carter, Paul Theroux, Susan Isaacs, Ha Jin, Russell Banks, Lily King, Elinor Lipman, Heidi Pitlor, Roz Chast, Susan Minot, Joyce Maynard, Philip Gourevitch, S.J. Rozan, Edmund White, Gish Jen, Tom Piazza, Justin Torres, Angela Flournoy, Sheila Kohler, Bliss Broyard, Elizabeth Frank, James Hannaham, Mark Di Ionno, Eric Fischl, Mimi Pond, Anna Dunn, Jonathan Santlofer, Susan Crile, Bridget Hawkins, Deborah Kass, Jane Kent, Beverly McIver, Marilyn Minter, Eric Orner, Shahzia Sikander, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and David Storey.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jonathan Santlofer xiii

Introduction Viet Thanh Nguyen xvii

Speak! Speak! Julia Alvarez 1

Oh, Canada Russell Banks 7

Blackout Jane Kent

The Party Bliss Broyard 17

Compline Stephen L. Carter 31

Scenes from Late Paradise: Stupidity Eric Fischl

Late America Eric Fischl

New Blank Document Lee Child 67

Tell Her Anyway Bridget Hawkins

Veterans Day Mary Higgins Clark 77

Atonement Michael Cunningham 81

Intersections Mark Di Ionno 87

The Third Twin Anna Dunn 103

Politics Roz Chast

Balancing Acts Louise Erdrich 113

The Miss April Houses Angela Flournoy 117

The World Is Yours, the World Is Mine Shahzia Sikander

The Many Faces of Islam Shahzia Sikander

Fires Elizabeth Frank 125

Hate for Sale Neil Gaiman 143

Unaccountable Philip Gourevitch 145

White Baby James Hannaham 153

Your Sacred American Rights Bingo Mimi Pond

In the Trees Alice Hoffman 157

Getting Somewhere Susan Isaacs 163

Guantánamo, ERF Team: Mating Prisoner in Eye (detail) Susan Crile

Guantánamo, ERF Team: Waterboarding Prisoner Susan Crile

Mr. Crime and Punishment and War and Peace Gish Jen 173

Finally I Am American at Heart Ha Jin 183

Arlington Street Lily King 191

The Harlot and the Murderer: Soma's Story Sheila Kohler 199

Starry Starry Night Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

Trade Canoe: Forty Days and Forty Nights Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

"People Are People" Elinor Lipman 215

The Trout Fisherman Joyce Maynard 219

Listen Susan Minot 223

Between Storms Walter Mosley 231

Our Cuntry Needs You Marilyn Minter

Tic-Tac-Toe Marilyn Minter

Deep Frost Marilyn Minter

"Good News!" Joyce Carol Oates 247

Island of Tears… Art Spiegelman

Island of Hope! Art Spiegelman

Ghost of Ellis Island Art Spiegelman

Safety First Sara Paretsky 263

Look Away Beverly McIver

Loving in Black & White Beverly McIver

Bystanders (April 2003) Tom Piazza 277

Lucky Girl Heidi Pitlor 287

If They Come in the Morning S.J. Rozan 303

Top Step Richard Russo 311

The Ugliest American Alphabet Eric Orner

Hope Jonathan Santlofer 317

The Walk Elizabeth Strout 325

Vote Hillary Deborah Kass

Stop & Shop Paul Theroux 333

Little House on the Prairie Holding Company LLC David Storey

The Way We Read Now Justin Torres 349

Don't Despair Alice Walker 355

Learning American Values Edmund White 359

Letter from Anthony D. Romero 367

Acknowledgments 369

Permissions 373

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