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Top Ten Short Story Reads from 2015

December 30, 2015

I set out to read a short story a week this year. That button up there on the top right of the page that says “Shorts,” you can click there to read through my mini-reviews.

I ended up only reading thirty-two, but still some very good ones. Keep in mind, these were not all written in 2015, just read then. Here are my top ten:


  1. George Saunders “Sticks”
  2. Donald Barthelme “The Balloon”
  3. Allan Seager “The Town and Salamanca”
  4. Annie Proulx “Them Old Cowboy Songs”
  5. Dennis Lehane “Until Gwen
  6. Jenny Hollowell “A History of Everything, Including You”
  7. Steve de Jarnatt “Rubiaux Rising”
  8. Ron Carlson “Towel Season”
  9. Wendell Berry “Stand By Me”
  10. J. Robert Lennon “Eight Pieces for the Left Hand”


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2015 11:03 am

    great idea! Not sure why, but I don’t enjoy reading short stories, unless they are very special, such as these, by the Japanese father of short stories:
    I love Wendell Berry, so I should try your #9!

    • January 1, 2016 5:28 pm

      Thanks for the link. Adding those two Akutagawa stories to my list.

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