Renee Zuckerbrot’s Top 10
Renée Zuckerbrot is a literary agent. She says: This selection is eclectic, reflecting my personal taste in fiction. Each story here resonated with me on the first reading and continues to kick around in my subconscious. Some stories allowed me to see family and friends (and myself) in a truer light; others challenged some unexamined assumptions. In one way or another, each story expanded my understanding of what a really great piece of short fiction can accomplish. For obvious reasons, I did not include any of my clients’ short stories. The stories are organized alphabetically by author.
|1.||"Big Me,” Dan Chaon (Among the Missing; Ballantine)||2.||"Goodbye, My Brother,” John Cheever (The Stories of John Cheever; Vintage)|
|3.||"La Noche Boca Arriba,” Julio Cortázar, published in the United States as “The Night Face Up” (Blow-Up and Other Stories, translated from the Spanish by Paul Blackburn; Pantheon)||4.||"Memory Wall,” Anthony Doerr (Memory Wall; Scribner)|
|5.||“The Twenty-seventh Man,” Nathan Englander (For the Relief of Unbearable Urges; Vintage)||6.||"The Penultimate Conjecture,” Leonard Michaels (The Collected Stories; Farrar, Straus & Giroux)|
|7.||"The Jewish Hunter,” Lorrie Moore (Like Life; Vintage)||8.||"A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor (A Good Man Is Hard to Find; Harcourt)|
|9.||“Brownies,” ZZ Packer (Drinking Coffee Elsewhere; Riverhead)||10.||“Sea Oak,” George Saunders (Pastoralia; Riverhead)|