Short Stories--Essential Collections

A Listmania! list by John Parras
The list author says: "Arranged in rough chronological order, beginning with the most recently published collections."
The Girl With Brown Fur: Tales & Stories
1.  The Girl With Brown Fur: Tales & Stories by Stacey Levine
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  "Curiously seeks new modes of characterization, plotting and description."
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There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales
2.  There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
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  "Fabulous adult tales of a gloomy but vital Russia, the orchards of unusual possibility."
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Pastoralia
3.  Pastoralia by George Saunders
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  "Highly original, creative stories often exploring the absurdities of America’s commercialism; quirky, important writing not to be missed."
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A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia
4.  A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia by Victor Pelevin
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  "Stunning post-Soviet stories explore let's say unusual hypotheses; fantastic literary-intellectual fantasies."
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Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories
5.  Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories by Vikram Chandra
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  "Engrossing stories of contemporary India--with ghosts, murder mystery, unrequited love--crafted with a sensuous and warm emotional intelligence."
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Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories
6.  Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros
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  "Vibrant and verbally animated stories of the Mexican-American borderland."
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The Elephant Vanishes: Stories
7.  The Elephant Vanishes: Stories by Haruki Murakami
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  "Ordinary folk experience superstrange occurences; accessible, straightforward language."
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The Middleman and Other Stories
8.  The Middleman and Other Stories by Bharati Mukherjee
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  "Edgy multicultural explorations spanning the Indian/American divide."
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Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories
9.  Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver
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  "Utterly accessible stories of ordinary Americans down on their luck, written in Carver’s celebrated minimalist prose style."
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At the Bottom of the River
10.  At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid
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  "Hypnotizing poetic fictions of Antigua."
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Heat and Other Stories (Contemporary Fiction, Plume)
11.  Heat and Other Stories (Contemporary Fiction, Plume) by Joyce Carol Oates
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  "Intense stylistic realism delving into the dark heart of American life."
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Sixty Stories (Penguin Classics)
12.  Sixty Stories (Penguin Classics) by Donald Barthelme
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  "Mind-blowing postmodernism."
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Cosmicomics
13.  Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
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  "Stunning magic-realist tales on the beginnings of the universe and other cosmological happenings."
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Blow-Up: And Other Stories
14.  Blow-Up: And Other Stories by Julio Cortazar
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  "Experimental literary fictions of Argentina and Paris."
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The Stories of John Cheever
15.  The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
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  "Classic narratives of affluent suburbia, often seen through magic-realist lens."
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Collected Fictions
16.  Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
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  "Enigmatic philosophical tales by an Argentine master of short prose; seminal magic realism."
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Palm-of-the-Hand Stories
17.  Palm-of-the-Hand Stories by Yasunari Kawabata
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  "Reserved Japanese vignettes, extremely subtle, deep and moving."
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Winesburg, Ohio (Bantam Classic)
18.  Winesburg, Ohio (Bantam Classic) by Sherwood Anderson
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  "Life in small-town, early-twentieth-century America, told in a rich, poetic style."
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