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The Best American Short Stories 2008 by Salman Rushdie
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Jul 06, 09

bookshelves: 2009, fiction, short-stories, male-author, female-author
Read in July, 2009

I'm not generally a huge fan of short stories, and that held true for this collection as well. I won't say that they were bad stories, but too many of them were either depressing or slice of life, neither of which I really enjoy. It'd be really nice to read more short stories with characters who make the right choice, do the right thing, and change for the better. Reading about people screwing up their lives just makes me discontent.

Favorite stories:
1) "Buying Lenin" by Miroslav Lenkov
2) "The Worst You Every Feel" by Rebecca Makkai
3) "Man and Wife" by Katie Chase

The only one I sincerely disliked was "The Wizard of West Orange" by Steven Millhauser, partially for stylistic reasons, and partially because I just found the story boring.

The rest were mostly of the ok but unremarkable variety, with a few in the good but not my cup of tea category.

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Reading Progress

06/29/2009 page 107
07/05/2009 page 244
63.54% "Favorites so far: Man and Wife, The Worst You Ever Feel, and Buying Lenin Least Favorite: The Wizard of West Orange"

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