Book Details

Edited by the award-winning, best-selling author Richard Russo, this year's collection boasts a satisfying "chorus of twenty stories that are by turns playful, ironic, somber, and meditative" (Wall Street Journal). With the masterful Russo picking the best of the best, America's oldest and best-selling story anthology is sure to be of "enduring quality" (Chicago Tribune) this year.

Foreword

Introduction by Richard Russo

Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched by Steve Almond from Tin House
Into Silence by Marlin Barton from The Sewannee Review
The Cousins by Charles Baxter from Tin House
Safari by Jennifer Egan from The New Yorker
Someone Ought to Tell Her There's No Place to Go by Danielle Evans from a Public Space
The Valetudinarian by Joshua Ferris from The New Yorker
Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff from Glimmer Train
Least Resistance by Wayne Harrison from The Atlantic
The Hollow by James Lasdun from The Paris Review
Painted Ship, Painted Ocean by Rebecca Makkai from Ploughshares
My Last Attempt to Explain What Happened to the Lion Tamer by Brendan Matthews from Cincinnati Review
PS by Jill Mccorkle from The Atlantic
Further Interpretations of Real Life Events by Kevin Moffett from McSweeney's
The Laugh by Téa Obreht from The Atlantic
All Boy by Lori Ostlund from New England Review
The Ascent by Ron Rash from Tin House
The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach by Karen Russell from Tin House.
The Netherlands Lives With Water by Jim Shepard from McSweeney's
Cowboy Tango by Maggie Shipstead from Virginia Quarterly Review
Raw Water by Wells Tower from McSweeny's

Contributors' Notes

Other Distinguished Stories of 2009

Editorial Addresses of American and Canadian Magazines Publishing Short Stories

Other distinguished submissions on this topic, selected by the series editor.

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A.M. Homes Brother On Sunday, from The New Yorker, March 2, 2009.
Abby Geni Captivity, from Glimmer Train, Issue 73.
Allis Hammond Tuesday's Child, from Black Warrior Review, Vol. 36.1.
Alyson Hagy Lost Boys, from The Idaho Review, Vol. X.
Amity Gaige Belinda, from The Yale Review, Vol. 93, No. 3.
Amy Bloom Compassion And Mercy, from Granta, No. 106.
Andrew Ervin The Light Of Two Million Stars, from Conjunctions, No. 53.
Ann Beattie Apologies To Auden, from Five Points, Vol. 10, No. 4.
Ann Pancake Arsonists, from The Georgia Review, Vol. Lxiii, No. 2.
Anthony Doerr The River Nemunas, from Tin House, Vol. 10, No. 4.
Antonya Nelson Soldier's Joy, from The New Yorker, Jan. 19, 2009.
Aria Beth Schloss Toward A Theory Of Blindness, from Glimmer Train, Issue 70.
Ashleigh Pedersen Small And Heavy World, from The Iowa Review, Vol. 39, No. 2.
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Beth Ann Fennelly And Tom Franklin What His Hands Had Been Waiting For, from The Normal School, Vol. 2, Issue 2.
Bonnie Jo Campbell Home To Die, from Boulevard, Vol. 24, Issues 2 & 3.
Brad Watson Vacuum, from The New Yorker, April 6, 2009.
Bret Anthony Johnston Caiman, from Agni, No. 69.
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Caitlin Horrocks At The Zoo, The Paris Review, Issue 188.
Carolyn Cooke The Snake, from The Idaho Review, Vol. X.
Carrie Brown A Splendid Life, from One Story, Issue 116.
Chris Adrian A Tiny Feast, from The New Yorker, April 20,2009.
Chris Gavaler G.o.d, from The Hudson Review, Vol. Lxii, No. 1
Christopher Sorrentino The Pride Of Life, from Open City, No. 28
Colm Toibin The Color Of Shadows, from The New Yorker, April 13, 2009
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David Huddle Volunteer, from The Georgia Review, Vol. Lxiii, No. 1
David Means The Blade, from Harper's, April, 2009
David Allan Cates Rubber Boy, from Glimmer Train, Issue 70
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Edith Pearlman Tale, from The Cincinnati Review, Vol. 6, No. 1
Eleanor Lerman Persistent Views Of The Unknown, from The Missouri Review, Vol. 32, No. 3.
Elise Juska The Way I Saw The World Then, from The Missouri Review, Vol. 32, No. 4
Elizabeth Kadetsky Geography, from The Antioch Review, Vol. 67, No. 3.
Elizabeth McCracken The Lost And Found Department Of Greater Boston, from Zoetrope, Vol. 13, No. 4
Elizabeth Spencer Return Trip, from Five Points, Vol. 13, No. 1
Emily Quinlan The Green Belt, from Santa Monica Review, Vol. 21, No. 1
Eugene Cross Rosaleen, If You Know What I Mean, from American Short Fiction, Vol. 12, Issue 46
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Francine Prose A Simple Question, from Conjunctions, No. 53
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Geoffrey Becker Imaginary Tucson, from Shenandoah, Vol. 59, No. 1
George Saunders Al Roosten, from The New Yorker, Feb. 2, 2009
George Saunders Victory Lap, from The New Yorker, Oct. 5, 2009
Giles Harvey The Indifferent Beak, from Agni, No. 70
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Jason Brown The Flood, from Prairie Schooner, Vol. 83, No. 8.
Jean Thompson Soldiers Of Spiritos, from Northwest Review, Vol. 47, No. 2
Jean Ross Justice The Smell Of Ashes, from The Sewanee Review, Vol. Lxvii, No. 3.
Jeff Snowbarger Bitter Fruit, from NTin House, Issue 42.
Jennifer Haigh Desiderata, from One Story, Issue 125
Jess Row Lives Of The Saints, from Ploughshares, Vol. 35, No. L
Jesse Goolsby Derrin Of The North, from Harpur Palate, Vol. 9, Issue 1
Joan Silber Fools, from Northwest Review, Vol. 47, No. 2
Joe Meno Children Are The Only Ones Who Blush, from One Story, Issue 122
Jonathan Franzen Good Neighbors, from The New Yorker, June 8 And 15, 2009
Jonathan Lethem Ava's Apartment, from The New Yorker, May 25, 2009
Joshua Ferris A Night Out, from Tin House, No. 40
Joyce Carol Oates Bonobo Mama, from Michigan Quarterly Review, Vol. Xlviii, No. 1
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K.L. Cook Bonnie And Clyde In The Backyard, from Glimmer Train, Issue 73
Karen Bergstrom Brittain Farm-in-a-day, from Narrative Magazine. 2009.
Karen Brown Swimming, from Five Points, Vol. 13, No. 1
Karen Heuler Joey, The Upstairs Boy, from Alaska Quarterly Review, Vol. 26, Nos. 2 & 3.
Kent Nelson Alba, from The Atlantic, Summer Fiction Issue
Kirstin Valdez Quade The Five Wounds, from The New Yorker, July 27, 2009
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Leila Mansouri The Sleeping, from Santa Monica Review, Vol. 21, No. 2
Leslee Becker The Little Gentleman, from Crazyhorse, Vol. 59, No. 1
Lori Ostlund Bed Death, from The Kenyon Review, Vol. Xxxi, No. 4
Lori Ostlund Talking Fowl With My Father, from New England Review, Vol. 30, No. 3.
Louise Jarvis Flynn, from Irish Twins
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Maggie Shipstead The Water Snake, from Mississippi Review, Vol. 85, No. 4.
Margot Livesey Mr. Clark's Daughter, from Ninth Letter, Vol. 6, No. 1
Mary Morrissy The Scream, from Glimmer Train, Issue 71.
Matt Bell His Last Great Gift, from Conjunctions, No. 53
Michael Byers Betty Brown Calling, from Michigan Quarterly Review, Vol. Xlvii, No. 2
Michael Byers Guess Who, from Tin House, Vol. 11, No. 1.
Michael Dahlie The Children Of Stromsund from Tin House, Vol. 11, No. 1
Michael P. Kardos Metamorphosis, from Prairie Schooner, 83.1
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Nancy Reisman Ear To The Door, from Glimmer Train, Issue 73.
Nora Johnson The Road To Hofuf, from Confrontation, No. 104
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Pasha Malla Big City Girls, from Tin House, Issue 43
Peter Lasalle What Can't Not Happen from New England Review, Vol. 30, No. 3
Peter Orner Reverend Hrncirik Receives An Airmail Package, from The Southern Review, Vol. 45. No. 4.
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Rachel Furey Birth Act, from Sycamore Review, Vol. 21, Issue 2
Rebecca Chace Looking For Robinson Crusoe, from Fiction, Issue 55
Richard Bausch Reverend Thornhill's Wife, from Narrative Magazine
Richard Powers Enquire Within Upon Everything, from The Paris Review, No. 190
Robin Black A Country Where You Once Lived, from Hunger Mountain, 14
Rosellen Brown The Threshold from Northwest Review, Vol. 47, No. 3.
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Sasha Troyan Hidden Works, from Ploughshares, Vol. 35, No. 1
Scott Nadelson Oslo, from Upstreet, No.5
Seth Fried Frost Mountain Massacre, from One Story, Issue 124
Shena McAuliffe Two Birds, from Alaska Quarterly Review, Vol. 26, Nos. 1 & 2.
Sheri Joseph Imprints, from Prairie Schooner, Vol. 83, No. 1
Skip Horack Borderlands, from Narrative Magazine
Stephanie Reents Creatures Of The Kingdom, from Epoch, Vol. 58, No. 3
Stephen King Premium Harmony, from The New Yorker, Nov. 9, 2009
Stephen Millhauser The Invasion From Outer Space from The New Yorker, Feb. 9 & 16, 2009
Steve Yates A Report Of Performance Art In The Provinces, from Triquarterly, 132
Susan Perabo Shelter from The Iowa Review, Vol. 39, No. 1
Susan Woodring The Smallest Of These, from Ruminate, Issue 11
Suzanne Rivecca None Of The Above, from American Short Fiction, Vol. 12, Issue 46
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T.C. Boyle Anacapa, from A Public Space, Issue 9
T.C. Boyle A Death In Kitchawank, from The New Yorker, Jan. 18, 2010.
Tamas Dobozy All The Black Hearted Villains, from Agni, No. 70.
Téa Obreht The Tiger's Wife, from The New Yorker, June 8 & 15, 2009
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V.V. Ganeshananthan Hippocrates, from Granta, Issue 109
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Wendell Berry A Burden, from Oxford American, No. 66
Wendell Berry The Dark Country, from Sewanee Review, Vol. Cxvii, No. 2.
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Yiyun Li Alone, from The New Yorker, Nov. 16, 2009
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