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The Student Body
Short Stories about College Students and Professors
Edited by John McNally

Contemporary short stories about college life, by famed writers and rising stars

Fiction, like life, has its lessons, and it’s a wild ride on the learning curve when storytelling goes to school. The short stories in this collection negotiate the heights, the depths, and the unexpected angles of campus intrigue, sexual and intellectual awakenings and reckonings, and all the heartache and hilarity of a sentimental education. The work of such well-known authors as Stephen King, Marly Swick, and Ron Carlson appears here as well as stories by most promising new voices. The results are sometimes harrowing (in King’s story, a serial killer roams a campus), sometimes droll (in Lucia Perillo’s “The Wife of an Indian,” an academic adjusts his ethnicity to get tenure), and often poignant (as in Dan Chaon’s story of the aftermath of an accident that injures a fraternity president.)

This wonderfully eclectic group of smart tales about professors and students proves that on either side of the teacher’s desk there are equal measures of yearning, trickery, passion, sorrow, and comedy”
—Karen Stolz, author of World of Pies

The Student Body is a real education. These fine and often funny stories by Richard Russo, Ron Carlson, and other teachers/writers prove that academic writing can rank at the head of the class.”
—Rita Ciresi, author of Pink Slip and Blue Italian

John McNally is assistant professor of English at Wake Forest University in Winston–Salem, North Carolina. His collection of stories, Troublemakers, won the prestigious John Simmons/Iowa Short Fiction Award. A former Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, McNally is also the editor of High Infidelity: 24 Great Short Stories by Some of Our Best Contemporary Writers.

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September 2001
LC: 2001001947 PS
296 pp.   6 x 9
Paper ISBN 978-0-299-17404-0

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“A rich and varied anthology that will interest creative writing professors and students as well as the general public. Richard Russo’s powerful story, The Whore’s Child, is worth the price of admission alone; but there are other equally impressive and memorable stories. I will definitely put this on my list of required books in my fiction writing classes.”
—Judith Slater, author of The Baby Can Sing and Other Stories

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