"Its strongest installment yet... Díaz’s compilation is the most diverse and inclusive entry to date of any of the major annual story collections... Essential for every student of the short story form." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"This year’s collection brings together fine stories by famous fiction writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Karen Russell... [while] a great deal of the magic is generated by the appearance of less familiar names... Each of these outstanding stories is, as Diaz observes, a chance to listen 'to some other lone voice struggling to be heard against the great silence.'” —The National Book Review
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From a Nigerian boys friendship with his familys former houseboy to a sweatshop girls experience as a sister wife, from love and murder on the frontier to a meltdown in the academe, these stories, for Díaz, have the economy and power to break hearts bones vanities and cages.
Ten years into her role as series editor, Heidi Pitlor confides, A great pleasure of my job is the rush that comes with discovery...Im reading a new story and not checking how long it is or what time I have to pick up the kids. Im reading and feeling and thinking, and, if Im lucky, laughing too. Im not working at all. A great story has that power: it removes you from your life. It lifts you away from a while. Junot Díaz and I found much to discover this year.