What was the best short story you read in the last 10 years?
August 28, 2010 5:52 AM Subscribe
What is the single best short story you've read in the last ten years?
Preferrably published in the last ten years, bonus points if the writer is doing something innovative or exciting.
posted by surenoproblem to writing & language (58 answers total) 156 users marked this as a favorite
I used to like reading the Best American Short Stories anthologies but I haven't read one in a while, so I'd like to condense the last 10 years into about one volume's worth of reading, and also to have stories from far beyond the US.
I must've missed some great stories from the New Yorker, right? On a week to week basis, I find the fiction a little lifeless, but I used to love stumbling across the occasional gems. What have been recent must-read short stories from the New Yorker?
Also, some people get annoyed by a young writer showing off or enjoying their own writing too much; I'm not one of these people. I actually quite like it when a writer is enjoying themselves; I'd love recommendations for recent innovative writing that you really like, even if some people might describe the writing as too precious.
Thanks very much in advance.