Friday, December 31, 2021

25 Superb Stories Read in 2021

I read 174 short stories in 2021. I'm brutally keeping these yearly lists now to my favourite 25 stories read, which is a real challenge as many wonderful stories aren't listed. I am also very careful about listing works from anthologies I've stories in. 

The couple of Greek folktales listed also privilege a few outdated values, which naturally relate to their context of production. 

As always, the list is about celebrating the stories listed, rather than denigrating any that are not mentioned. 

‘Talking Dog’ by Francine Prose (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories Ed. Daniel Halpern from The Peaceable Kingdom: Stories)   

‘The Free Radio’ by Salman Rushdie (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short StoriesEd. Daniel Halpern from East, West)                                          

 

‘Mark of Satan’ by Joyce Carol Oates (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short StoriesEd. Daniel Halpern from Antaeus)                                              

 

‘The Girl Who Left Her Sock on the Floor’ Deborah Eisenberg (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories. Originally published in All Around Atlantis by Deborah Eisenberg)


‘Optimists’ by Richard Ford (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories. From Rock Springs by Richard Ford).   


                                     

‘Willing’ by Lorrie Moore (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories Ed. Daniel Halpern from Birds of America)


‘The Lifeguard’ by May Morris (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories Ed. Daniel Halpern from The Lifeguard)


‘The Green Man’ by Jeanette Winterson (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories Ed. Daniel Halpern from The World and Other Places)


‘The Bone Mother’ by Angela Slatter (The Girl With No Hands and other tales)


‘The Monk’ (Folktales of Greece Ed. Georgios A. Megas)


‘Anthousa the Fair with Golden Hair’ (Folktales of Greece Ed. Georgios A. Megas) 

        

‘Minutes of Glory’ by Ngugi wa Thiong’o ((The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories Ed. Daniel Halpern)                                                                        

 

‘Wilderness Tips’ Margaret Atwood (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories)                                                                                                  

 

‘G-String’ Nicola Barker (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories. First published in The Three Button Trick and Other Stories)                     

 

‘Portrait of the Avant-Garde’ by Peter Hoeg (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories Ed. Daniel Halpern from Tales of the Night)

 

‘Intimacy’ by Hanif Kureishi (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories. Ed. Daniel Halpern. Originally in The New Yorker)              

 

‘The Farm’ by Joy Williams Prose (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories Ed. Daniel Halpern from Taking Care)                           

 

‘The Hunt at Rotherdam’ by A.C Wise (Bourbon Penn 24)

                                      

‘Appearing Nightly’ by Gregory Norman Bossert (Bourbon Penn 25


                             

‘The Juniper Tree’ Heart’ by Angela Slatter (The Girl With No Hands and other tales. First published in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #18)
                                                                                             

‘Dresses, Three’ by Angela Slatter (The Girl With No Hands and other tales. First Published in Shimmer Spring 2008)

                                                                                                         

‘Love Songs for the Very Awful’ by Robert Reed (Asimov’s March/April 2018) 

                

‘Escort’ by Abdulrazak Gurnah (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories. First appeared in New Writing Ed. Peter Porter & Christopher Hope)


‘John-Jin’ by Rose Tremain (The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories Ed. Daniel Halpern from Evangelista’s Fan)


'All Lateral' by John Summell (One Story 201)     

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