Edan Lepucki’s Top 10

Edan Lepucki’s novel CALIFORNIA (Little Brown, 2014) has been widely praised. Jennifer Egan said that Lepucki “conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future.” Of her story selections, Lepucki said: I chose these eleven stories while sitting in an airport, waiting for a flight, without the visual aid of my library to jog my memory. This list below is incomplete, of course, but it includes stories that made me laugh, and moved me, and surprised me, and upended my notions of voice, or point of view, or endings, or whatever else, and stunned me with the way they compressed time, or slowed it down. Writing a good short story is a miracle and a magic trick, and hard, hard, hard. I salute these eleven writers for their talent and tenacity, and for entertaining me for a sweet little while.

1.“Patrick Lane, Flabbergasted,” Dan Chaon 2.“The End of the Line,” Aimee Bender
3.“Sonny's Blues,” James Baldwin 4.“OBO,” Antonya Nelson
5.“My Shape,” Joan Silber 6.“My Mother's Dream,” Alice Munro
7.“Civilwarland in Bad Decline,” George Saunders 8.“How to be the Other Woman,” Lorrie Moore
9.“In the Blink of God's Eye,” Edward P. Jones 10.“The Toughest Indian in the world,” Sherman Alexie ....And 11. “Goodbye, My Brother,” John Cheever
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