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“Freeman’s excellent introduction to this new anthology of modern short stories will be useful to readers who are unfamiliar with the format; for students of the short story, it’s a refreshing overview . . . a short story for any mood. . . . This anthology sets itself apart by providing an inclusive starting point for readers interested in discovering the power of the short story; it is golden for those who already recognize that power.” Library Journal (starred)

“A well-selected anthology of short fiction, ranging from long to flash, representing the last half-century . . . A fresh gathering that highlights the work of mostly well-known story writers through their lesser-known works.” Kirkus

Table Of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction by John Freeman ix

THE LESSON • Toni Cade Bambara, 1972 1

A CONVERSATION WITH MY FATHER • Grace Paley, 1972 10

THE ONES WHO WALK AWAY FROM OMELAS • Ursula K. Le Guin, 1973 17

BICYCLES, MUSCLES, CIGARETTES • Raymond Carver, 1973 25

THE FLOWERS • Alice Walker, 1973 36

GIRL • Jamaica Kincaid, 1978 38

THE RED CONVERTIBLE • Louise Erdrich, 1981 40

THE REENCOUNTER • Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1982 51

TAKING CARE • Joy Williams, 1982 58

STORY • Lydia Davis, 1983 69

CHINA • Charles Johnson, 1984 73

PET MILK • Stuart Dybek, 1984 96

THE WAY WE LIVE NOW • Susan Sontag, 1986 102

SALVADOR LATE OR EARLY • Sandra Cisneros, 1986 123

THE THINGS THEY CARRIED • Tim O’Brien, 1986 125

RIVER OF NAMES • Dorothy Allison, 1988 146

EMERGENCY • Denis Johnson, 1991 157

STICKS • George Saunders, 1994 170

FIESTA, 1980 • Junot Díaz, 1996 172

SILENCE • Lucia Berlin, 1998 188

THE TWENTY- SEVENTH MAN • Nathan Englander, 1998 201

BULLET IN THE BRAIN • Tobias Wolff, 1998 221

THE HERMIT’S STORY • Rick Bass, 1998 227

A TEMPORARY MATTER • Jhumpa Lahiri, 1998 242

THE PENTHOUSE • Andrew Holleran, 1999 262

THE FIX • Percival Everett, 1999 292

WATER CHILD • Edwidge Danticat, 2000 310

THE AMERICAN EMBASSY • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2003 322

THE CONDUCTOR • Aleksandar Hemon, 2005 334

ST. LUCY’S HOME FOR GIRLS RAISED BY WOLVES • Karen Russell, 2007 354

THE LAST THING WE NEED • Claire Vaye Watkins, 2010 373

THE PAPER MENAGERIE • Ken Liu, 2011 389

THE DUNE • Stephen King, 2011 405

DIEM PERDIDI • Julie Otsuka, 2011 419

THE GREAT SILENCE • Ted Chiang, 2015 432

THE MIDNIGHT ZONE • Lauren Groff, 2016 437

ANYONE CAN DO IT • Manuel Muñoz, 2019 449

About the Contributors 467

Credits 477

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