2017 favorites

2017 Favorites

The magic tricks roll on.

Four years in and going strong. It’s been a lot of fun. My goal is 10 years, so we’ve got a ways to go yet. I’m incredibly appreciative for everyone who reads the website and leaves comments with insights or – better yet – recommendations for further reading.

Anyhow, here is the annual SSMT list of the best short stories I read this year for the website. You’re welcome to check out the lists for 2014 or 2015 or 2016. Stuart Dybek makes his third appearance in four years’ of the annual Top 10. George Saunders, Anton Chekhov, and Alice Munro are regulars as well. My taste is certainly solidifying.

But I digress. The point is: thank you for reading; have a wonderful new year; and go read a good short story!

  1. ‘Axis’ by Alice Munro
  2. ‘Sea Oak’ by George Saunders
  3. ‘Pastoralia’ by George Saunders
  4. ‘Roman Fever’ by Edith Wharton
  5. ‘Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman’ by Haruki Murakami
  6. ‘We Didn’t’ by Stuart Dybek
  7. ‘In Football Season’ by John Updike
  8. ‘Ibn-Hakam al-Bokhari, Murdered In His Labyrinth’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  9. ‘Vanka’ by Anton Chekhov
  10. ‘Cat Person’ by Kristen Roupenian
  11. ‘Death And The Compass’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  12. ‘The Promise’ by John Steinbeck
  13. ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ by Hans Christian Andersen
  14. ‘Fiction’ by Alice Munro
  15. ‘Master Eustace’ by Henry James
  16. ‘Offertory’ by Amy Hempel
  17. ‘Last Evenings On Earth’ by Roberto Bolaño
  18. ‘Daylight Come’ by Amy Hempel
  19. ‘The Whole Town’s Sleeping’ by Ray Bradbury
  20. ‘Why I Live At The P.O.’ by Eudora Welty
  21. ‘The Man Of The House’ by Frank O’Connor
  22. ‘Cathedral’ by Raymond Carver
  23. ‘My Purple Scented Novel’ by Ian McEwen
  24. ‘The Barber’s Unhappiness’ by George Saunders
  25. ‘The Moons Of Jupiter’ by Alice Munro
  26. ‘At Grandmother’s’ by Isaac Babel
  27. ‘The Red Bow’ by George Saunders
  28. ‘Christmas Poem’ by John O’Hara
  29. ‘The Second Bakery Attack’ by Haruki Murakami
  30. ‘The Dinner Party’ by Joshua Ferris
  31. ‘How To Tell Stories To Children’ by Miranda July
  32. ‘Separating’ by John Updike
  33. ‘A Loaf Of Bread’ by James Alan McPherson
  34. ‘The Necklace’ by Guy de Maupassant
  35. ‘Brothers’ by Sherwood Anderson
  36. ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ by Ray Bradbury
  37. ‘Water Liars’ by Barry Hannah
  38. ‘Chicxulub’ by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  39. ‘The Man On The Stairs’ by Miranda July
  40. ‘Them Old Cowboy Songs’ by Annie Proulx
  41. ‘The Toughest Indian In The World’ by Sherman Alexie
  42. ‘The Adventure Of The Empty House’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  43. ‘A Retrieved Reformation’ by O. Henry
  44. ‘Coach’ by Mary Robison
  45. ‘The Paperhanger’ by William Gay
  46. ‘The Garden Party’ by Katherine Mansfield
  47. ‘The Party’ by Anton Chekhov
  48. ‘Ranch Girl’ by Maile Meloy
  49. ‘A Late Encounter With The Enemy’ by Flannery O’Connor
  50. ‘Christmas Gift’ by Robert Penn Warren
  51. ‘Landfill’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  52. ‘Snow Angel’ by Stephanie Vaughn
  53. ‘Uncle Raymond’ by Nelson Eubanks
  54. ‘Postcard’ by Alice Munro
  55. ‘The Hanging Stranger’ by Philip K. Dick
  56. ‘A Summer Tragedy’ by Arna Bontemps
  57. ‘First Confession’ by Frank O’Connor
  58. ‘Other Women’ by Stephanie Vaughn
  59. ‘New York Day Women’ by Edwidge Danticat
  60. ‘Phone Calls’ by Roberto Bolaño
  61. ‘Sault Ste. Marie’ by David Means
  62. ‘The Year Of Spaghetti’ by Haruki Murakami
  63. ‘Who’s Passing For Who?’ by Langston Hughes
  64. ‘My Oedipus Complex’ by Frank O’Connor
  65. ‘A Piece Of News’ by Eudora Welty
  66. ‘Smother’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  67. ‘The Other Woman’ by Sherwood Anderson
  68. ‘The Brown Chest’ by John Updike
  69. ‘The Emerald Light In The Air’ by Donald Antrim
  70. ‘Where The Door Is Always Open And The Welcome Mat Is Out’ by Patricia Highsmith
  71. ‘Action Will Be Taken’ by Heinrich Boll
  72. ‘The Two Kings And The Two Labyrinths’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  73. ‘Aurora’ by Junot Díaz
  74. ‘Ligeia’ by Edgar Allan Poe
  75. ‘The Altar Of The Dead’ by Henry James
  76. ‘Winky’ by George Saunders
  77. ‘Images’ by Alice Munro
  78. ‘City Visit’ by Adam Haslett
  79. ‘Thanks For The Ride’ by Alice Munro
  80. ‘The Lotus’ by Jean Rhys
  81. ‘Playing With Dynamite’ by John Updike
  82. ‘A Family Man’ by V.S. Pritchett
  83. ‘The Last Night Of The World’ by Ray Bradbury
  84. ‘He Also Loved’ by Claude McKay
  85. ‘The Cut-Glass Bowl’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  86. ‘A Piece Of String’ by Guy de Maupassant
  87. ‘The Cousins’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  88. ‘August 25, 1983’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  89. ‘Legal Aid’ by Frank O’Connor
  90. ‘A Case Of Identity’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  91. ‘An Ounce Of Cure’ by Alice Munro
  92. ‘The Furnished Room’ by O. Henry
  93. ‘The End Of FIRPO In The World’ by George Saunders
  94. ‘Stitches’ by Antonya Nelson
  95. ‘Communist’ by Richard Ford
  96. ‘Malta Sheffer’ by Nelson Eubanks
  97. ‘Transients In Arcadia’ by O. Henry
  98. ‘On The Gull’s Road’ by Willa Cather
  99. ‘The Skylight Room’ by O. Henry
  100. ‘Most Die Young’ by Camille Bordas
  101. ‘A Subject Of Childhood’ by Grace Paley
  102. ‘Coming Close To Donna’ by Barry Hannah
  103. ‘The Wind-Up Bird And Tuesday’s Women’ by Haruki Murakami
  104. ‘Son Of The Wolfman’ by Michael Chabon
  105. ‘The Harvest’ by Amy Hempel
  106. ‘Rapture Of The Deep’ by Amy Hempel
  107. ‘Mauricio (‘The Eye’) Silva’ by Roberto Bolaño
  108. ‘The Aleph’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  109. ‘Revenge Of The Lawn’ by Richard Brautigan
  110. ‘The Peasant Marey’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  111. ‘A Short Walk From The Station’ by John O’Hara
  112. ‘Girl’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  113. ‘The Man On The Threshold’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  114. ‘Closing Time’ by Neil Gaiman
  115. ‘A Resumed Identity’ by Ambrose Bierce
  116. ‘St. John’s Eve’ by Nikolai Gogol
  117. ‘Man From The South’ by Roald Dahl
  118. ‘Christmas Freud’ by David Rakoff
  119. ‘The Mystery Of The Spanish Chest’ by Agatha Christie
  120. ‘The Oracle Of The Dog’ by G.K. Chesterton
  121. ‘Dabchick’ by Haruki Murakami
  122. ‘Other Factors’ by Mary Gaitskill
  123. ‘The Blind Man’ by D.H. Lawrence
  124. ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ by Neil Gaiman
  125. ‘Permission To Enter’ by Zadie Smith
  126. ‘An Honest Thief’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  127. ‘How’ by Roxane Gay
  128. ‘Teller’s Ticket’ by Robert Flanagan
  129. ‘Some Terpsichore’ by Elizabeth McCracken
  130. ‘The Prophetic Pictures’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  131. ‘Prodigal’ by Laura D. Nichols
  132. ‘Tom-Rock Through The Eels’ by Amy Hempel
  133. ‘The Lady’s Maid’ by Katherine Mansfield
  134. ‘Days Of 1978’ by Roberto Bolaño
  135. ‘Disguised’ by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  136. ‘The Lovely Troubled Daughters Of Our Old Crowd’ by John Updike
  137. ‘Gesturing’ by John Updike
  138. ‘Wingless’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  139. ‘Henri Simon Leprince’ by Roberto Bolaño
  140. ‘The Terror’ by Guy de Maupassant
  141. ‘The Circular Ruins’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  142. ‘One Summer Night’ by Ambrose Bierce
  143. ‘Vine On A House’ by Ambrose Bierce
  144. ‘Quitters, Inc.’ by Stephen King
  145. ‘There Was Once’ by Margaret Atwood
  146. ‘Until The Girl Died’ by Anne Enright
  147. ‘The Sunday After Christmas’ by Mavis Gallant
  148. ‘Through The Tunnel’ by Doris Lessing
  149. ‘The Letter From Home’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  150. ‘It Was Romance’ by Miranda July
  151. ‘In The Night’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  152. ‘The Drill’ by Breena Clarke
  153. ‘And/Or’ by Sterling Brown
  154. ‘Hunting The Deceitful Turkey’ by Mark Twain
  155. ‘The Jockey’ by Carson McCullers
  156. ‘Little Man’ by Michael Cunningham
  157. ‘Republica Y Grau’ by Daniel Alarcon
  158. ‘The Masculine Principle’ by Frank O’Connor
  159. ‘The Romance Of A Busy Broker’ by O. Henry
  160. ‘Regret’ by Kate Chopin
  161. ‘A Novel In Nine Letters’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  162. ‘The Crocodile’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  163. ‘One Officer, One Man’ by Ambrose Bierce
  164. ‘Escape From New York’ by Zadie Smith
  165. ‘Rest Stop’ by Stephen King
  166. ‘Misery’ by Anton Chekhov
  167. ‘At Long Last’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  168. ‘Letters From The Samantha’ by Mark Helprin
  169. ‘Manikin’ by Leonard Michaels
  170. ‘The Man Who Loved Extinct Mammals’ by John Updike
  171. ‘To Those Of You Who Missed Your Connecting Flights Out Of O’Hare’ by Amy Hempel
  172. ‘The Duchess And The Jeweller’ by Virginia Woolf
  173. ‘Graven Image’ by John O’Hara
  174. ‘And Lead Us Not Into Penn Station’ by Amy Hempel
  175. ‘Midnight And I’m Not Famous Yet’ by Barry Hannah
  176. ‘North Coast’ by Thomas McGuane
  177. ‘Even Greenland’ by Barry Hannah
  178. ‘Good Boys Deserve Favors’ by Neil Gaiman
  179. ‘The Stolen Body’ by H.G. Wells
  180. ‘Soldiers’ by Ellease Southerland
  181. ‘At The Animal Shelter’ by Amy Hempel
  182. ‘Murder’ by Amy Hempel
  183. ‘Love Song, For A Moog Synthesizer’ by John Updike
  184. ‘Where You’ll Find Me’ by Ann Beattie
  185. ‘The Angel Of The Bridge’ by John Cheever
  186. ‘Nobody’s Story’ by Charles Dickens
  187. ‘A Different Kind Of Imperfection’ by Thomas Beller
  188. ‘The Wait’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  189. ‘Good People’ by David Foster Wallace
  190. ‘Game Plan’ by Don DeLillo
  191. ‘Two Men Arrive In A Village’ by Zadie Smith
  192. ‘Moonlit Landscape With Bridge’ by Zadie Smith
  193. ‘Bobok’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  194. ‘Meet The President!’ by Zadie Smith
  195. ‘A Change Of Treatment’ by W.W. Jacobs
  196. ‘Good Intentions’ by Etgar Keret
  197. ‘Incarnations Of Burning Children’ by David Foster Wallace
  198. ‘The Beggarwoman Of Vocarno’ by Heinrich von Kleist
  199. ‘The Boarded Window’ by Ambrose Bierce
  200. ‘A Baby Tramp’ by Ambrose Bierce
  201. ‘The White Maniac – A Doctor’s Tale’ by Mary Fortune
  202. ‘Trek’ by Barry Hannah
  203. ‘Cowardice’ by Abdeslam Boulaich
  204. ‘Christmas By Injunction’ by O. Henry
  205. ‘The Errors Of Santa Claus’ by Stephen Leacock
  206. ‘The Feast Of Nemesis’ by Saki

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