Laura van den Berg’s Top 10

Laura van den Berg’s short stories have won a Pushcart Prize and have been included in Best New American Voices, 2010. She says of her choices: There are a great many stories I love, so it was challenging to select just ten. In the end, I settled on stories that reached me at a crucial moment, when I urgently needed to read something that expanded my understanding of the human experience and literature’s ability to capture it.

1.“Escape,” Joy Williams 2.“Car Crash While Hitchhiking,” Denis Johnson
3.“The Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried,” Amy Hempel4. “Friend of My Youth,” Alice Munro
5.“Superfrog Saves Tokyo,” Haruki Murakami 6. “Helping,” Robert Stone
7. “Do Not Disturb,” AM Homes 8.“A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor
9.“Break it Down,” Lydia Davis10. “Sonny's Blues,” James Baldwin
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