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The Best American Short Stories 2010 Paperback – September 28, 2010
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Some of my favorites were:
Safari by Jennifer Egan: Excellent writing, the sudden leaps into the future were so well done.
Someone ought to tell her by Danielle Evans: But the characters, whom I later found out are supposed to be black, didn't strike me at all that way.
The Hollow by James Lasdun: A beautiful contrast of the old tradition vs the new.
Painted Ocean, Painted Ship by Rebecca Makkai: I fell in love with the main character and wanted to read this again as soon as I finished it, it was quite hilarious at times.
The Ascent by Ron Rash: A kid caught in a bad situation. So beautiful yet haunting. Everyone should read a story like this.
Also, PS was very fun to read, as was My Last Attempt to Explain. Further Interpretations and Into Silence were very moving portraits of the relationships between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters.
But my two best stories were:
Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff: An observation on the effects of war on people, it's so wonderfully written yet subtle in its effects, building slowly until its inevitable satisfying conclusion.
Cowboy Tango by Maggie Shipstead: You simply have to read this story. Unrequited love is a pain in the ass.
All in all, an excellent collection.
By far, my favorite is Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff. That is a story I will go back to over and over because of the writing style and multiple themes of the story. Because it is written in the third person, it gives a view of a terrible situation a different light by each character and while I may not agree with the decisions of the characters, I understand them. The author paints the story and characters in such a way, they live with me long after the story ends.
The Assent by Ron Rash was another favorite of mine. It is morbid and horrifying (not in a scary way), but in such a beautiful way. The way the author uses a sense of sadness and place literally chilled me through as I read this story. Again, another story that left me living in the world it created.
Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched by Steve Almond is also a great story. It provided comedy and humor in a story that so easily could have been depressing. It was well written and interesting. I really enjoyed it.
I enjoy reading short stories between novels, or just because, and this is a collection I will go back to over and over again.