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The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction by Lex Williford
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This is a pretty strong collection of short stories, some of which I had already read in various fiction workshops. It is impossible to collect the best works or to satisfy every reader, but I felt like this collection tries to get a lot of different authors both culturally and aesthetically. I thought the beginning and middle stories were stronger than the last third for whatever reason. If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be The Caretaker. It is hands down one of the most powerful stories I've ever read. Here are the stories that I particularly liked:

Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story by Russell Banks
The Disappeared by Charles Baxter
Silver Water by Amy Bloom
Caviar by T.C. Boyle
After Rosa Parks by Janet Desaulniers
Nilda by Junot Diaz
The Caretaker by Anthony Doerr
We Didn't by Stuart Dybek
Marie by Edward P. Jones
The Pugilist at Rest by Thom Jones
The Things They Carried by Tim O' Brien
Orientation by Daniel Orozco
Tony's Story by Leslie Marmon Silko
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