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Edited by the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Elizabeth Strout, 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 masterly Strout picking the best of the best, America’s oldest and best-selling story anthology offers the traditonal pleasures of storytelling in voices that are thoroughly contemporary.

Introduction by Elizabeth Strout

DANIEL ALARCON. The Provincials
  from Granta

  from Tin House

  from Bellevue Literary Review

  from The New Yorker

  from Zyzzyva 

GISH JEN. The Third Dumpster
  from Granta

BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON. Encounters with Unexpected Animals
  from Esquire

  from Yale Review

  from Paris Review

STEVEN MILLHAUSER. A Voice in the Night
  from The New Yorker

LORRIE MOORE. Referential
  from The New Yorker

  from Harper’s

  from The New Yorker

  from Granta

GEORGE SAUNDERS. The Semplica-Girl Diaries
  from The New Yorker

JIM SHEPARD. The World to Come
  from One Story

  from Three Penny Review

  from Narrative Magazine

JOAN WICKERSHAM. The Tunnel, or The News From Spain
  from Glimmer Train

CALLAN WINK. Breatharians
  from The New Yorker

Other distinguished short stories, selected by series editor Heidi Pitlor.

Almond, Steve Gondwana Ploughshares, vol. 38, no. 1
Appel, Jacob M. The Price of Storks Western Humanities Review, 66.2
Baker, Matthew Everything That Somehow Found Us Here New England Review, vol. 33, no. 2
Barrett, Andrea The Particles Tin House, 51
Beams, Clare World’s End One Story, issue 166
Beattie, Ann The Astonished Woodcutter The Paris Review, no. 201
Bergman, Megan Mayhew Phoenix Ploughshares Solos no. 3
Black, Alethea You, On a Good Day One Story, issue 163
Boswell, Robert American Epiphany American Short Fiction, vol. 15, issue 54
Boyle, T. Coraghessan Birnam Wood The New Yorker, Sept. 3
Bradley, David You Remember the Pin Mill Narrative Magazine
Brown, Karen Stillborn Epoch, vol. 61, no. 2
Carlson, Ron Line from a Movie Zyzzyva, no. 96
Celona, Marjorie The Everpresent Hell of Other People Harvard Review, no. 42
Chabon, Michael Citizen Conn The New Yorker, Feb. 13 & 20
Clark, George Makana The Incomplete Priest Ecotone, no.114
Cooper, Rand Richards Tunneling Commonwealth
Core, Leopoldine The Underside of Charm Joyland, vol. 1, no. 2
Crews, Harry You’ll Like My Mother’s Grave The Georgia Review—vol. LXCI, no. 3
Dahlie, Michael The Pharmacist from Jena Harper’s, January, 2012
Dark, Alice Elliott Rumm Road The Literarian
De Jarnatt, Steve Mulligan The Cincinnati Review, 8.2
Dewille, James Last Days on Rossmore American Short Fiction, vol. 15, no. 55
Diaz, Junot The Cheater’s Guide to Love The New Yorker, July 23
Donoghue, Emma Onward The Atlantic, September
Duval, Pete Orchard Tender Meridian, no. 28
Edochie, Chidelia The King of Hispaniola Michigan Quarterly Review, vol. LI, no. 1
Egan, Jennifer Black Box The New Yorker, June 4 & 11
Elliott, Julia LIMBs Tin House, 51
Erdrich, Louise Nero The New Yorker, May 7
Frisch, Sarah Housebreaking The Paris Review, 203
Galchen, Rivka Appreciation The New Yorker, March 19
Geni, Abby Dharma at the Gate Glimmer Train, issue 83
Gilson, William At the Dark End of the Street The New England Review, vol. 33, no 1
Groff, Lauren Abundance Ecotone, 13
Groff, Lauren A Season by the Shore Glimmer Train, issue 82
Haigh, Jennifer A Place in the Sun The Common, issue 4
Hardy, Edward Hole in the Sand Glimmer Train, issue 85
Hempel, Amy A Full-Service Shelter Tin House, vol. 13, no. 4
James, Tania The Scriptological Review A Public Space, no. 15
James, Tania Lion and Panther in London Granta, 119
Kadetsky, Elizabeth An Incident at the Plaza The Antioch Review, vol. 70, no. 1
King, Stephen Batman and Robin Have an Altercation Harper’s, Semptember
Krauss, Nicole An Arrangement of Light Byliner
La Farge, Paul Another Life The New Yorker, July 2, 2012
Lancelotta, Victoria So Happy Hayden’s Ferry Review, no. 50
Lerner, Ben The Golden Vanity The New Yorker, June 18, 2012
Lipsyte, Sam The Republic of Empathy The New Yorker, June 4 & 11
Lodato, Victor P.E. The New Yorker April 2
Martin, Jeff When the Water Rises The Greensboro Review, no. 92
McCann, Colum Transatlantic The New Yorker, April 16
McCracken, Elizabeth A Dream of Being Sufficient Zoetrope, vol. 13, no. 3
McDermott, Alice Someone The New Yorker, January 30. 12
McGraw, Erin Step Image, no. 73
McGuane, Thomas The Casserole The New Yorker, September 10
McGuane, Thomas A Prairie Girl The New Yorker, February 27
Meloy, Maile The Proxy Marriage The New Yorker, May 21
Moore, Lorrie Wings The Paris Review, no. 20
Morrissey, Colleen Good Faith The Cincinnati Review, 9.2
Munro, Alice Amundsen The New Yorker, August 27
Munro, Alice Haven The New Yorker, March 5
Naiditch, Dovber The Angel in the House Prairie Schooner, vol.86, no. 4
Nelson, Kent La Mer de L’Ouest The Georgia Review, vol. LXVI, no. 2
Null, Matthew Neill Telemetry Ploughshares, vol. 38, no. 4
Okparanta, Chinelo America Granta, 118
Orner, Peter The Hole Ecotone, 13
Parameswaran, Rajesh On the Banks of Table River (Planet Lucina, Andromeda Galaxy, A.D. 2319) Zoetrope: All-Story, vol, 16, no. 1
Parry, Leslie New Heaven The Missouri Review, vol. 35, no. 2
Pearlman, Edith Life Lessons The Cincinnati Review, 8.2
Pearlman, Edith Stone Agni, no. 75
Podos, Rebecca The Fourth Glimmer Train, issue 84
Poole, Nathan Stretch Out Your Han Narrative Magazine
Powers, Richard Genie Byliner
Ratcliffe, Jane You Can't Be Too Careful New England Review, vol. 33, no. 1
Rawlings, Wendy Tics Agni, no. 76
Row, Jess Summer Song Tin House, vol. 13, no. 4
Ruskovich, Emily An Impending Change of Heart Zoetrope: All-Story, vol. 16, no. 4
Russell, Karen Reeling for the Empire Tin House, vol. 14, no. 2
Schaffert, Timothy Lady of the Burlesque Ballet Ploughshares Solos, no. 1
Schutz, Greg The Sweet Nothings The Carolina Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 2
Shapiro, Gerald A Drunkard’s Walk Michigan Quarterly Review, vol. LI, no. 2
Shipstead, Maggie The Great Central Pacific Guano Company American Short Fiction,vol. 15, issue 54
Shipstead, Maggie In the Olympic Village Subtropics, issue 13
Siegel, Robert Anthony The Right Imaginary Person Tin House, vol. 14, no. 2
Slouka, Mark Russian Mammoths Orion, March/April
Sneed, Christine The Finest Medical Attention New England Review, vol. 33, no. 1
Spencer, Darrell Squeeze Me, I Sing The Georgia Review, vol. LXVI, no. 1
Spencer, Elizabeth Blackie Epoch, vol. 61, no.1
Taylor, Justin After Ellen The New Yorker, August 13 & 20
Theroux, Paul Our Raccoon Year Harper’s, May
Toutonghi, Pauls The Limit of the World Epoch, vol. 61, no. 3
Troy, Judy My Buried Life The Kenyon Review, vol. XXXIV, no. 3
Van Den Berg, Laura Lessons American Short Fiction, vol. 15, issue 54
Van Den Berg, Laura Opa Locka The Southern Review, vol. 48, no. 3
Vapnyar, Lara Fischer Vs. Spassky The New Yorker, October 8
Vierguytz, Dina Nayari A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea The Southern Review, vol. 48, no. 2
Vollmer, Matthew Advanced Placement Question 3, Free Response The Normal School
Walter, Jess Thief Harper’s, March
Waters, Don Full of Days Southwest Review, vol. 97, no. 1
Watkins, Claire Vaye The Archivist Glimmer Train, issue 83