Best American (US) Short Stories

Novels get a lot of attention, but I was curious what people thought were the best American (US) short stories. I know I have some I come back to again and again. What are yours?
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Comments Showing 1-8 of 8 (8 new)

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message 1: by Mel (new)

Mel Foster I love Saki (Tobermory is my favorite story of his), but I just want to point out that he is British, not American. Maybe we should start a best short stories of the world list?


message 2: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Deleted Saki. In the future, probably a good idea to post that in the librarian's group as few people are monitoring this comments section. A librarian can delete an incorrect book from a list for you.


message 3: by Mel (last edited Sep 28, 2014 10:23AM) (new)

Mel Foster Thanks Lobstergirl! I've since been "promoted" to librarian but am still green.


message 4: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl No problem.


message 5: by Mel (new)

Mel Foster Deleted TyCobbs' Teeth's "Breakfast is Severed." He is a Canadian Author.


message 6: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Removed A Rose for Emily and Other Stories. It isn't a standalone story.


message 7: by Ayshe (new)

Ayshe Removed "The Light in the Piazza" by Elizabeth Spencer. It's a novella.


message 8: by Marguerite (M) (last edited Feb 28, 2018 04:59AM) (new)

Marguerite (M) Removed "Sorry wrong number" as asked


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