A Story a Day: Month One

I went back and forth when picking stories for this month. I was trying to decide whether I’d allow myself to reread any stories – or if they had to be 365 brand new stories. I finally decided that I wanted this to be all brand experiences for me. If I opt to reread anything, it will be in addition to the new story for that day. The goal of all of this, after all, is to be exposed to stories I might not have otherwise come across – to experience new (to me) writers (though I’ll also do “not new to me writers but new to me stories of theirs” if they show up on such a list).

The stories listed below came from a couple top ten lists I stumbled over – the first ten are from the top ten out of the 304 stories Pravesh Bhardwaj read in 2021. The others come from the 2020, 2019, and 2018 top ten lists that are linked at the bottom of the page.

Feel free to read along with me! πŸ™‚

  1. Standard Loneliness Package” by Charles Yu
  2. The Strange Story of the World” by Chigozie Obioma
  3. House for Sale” by Colm TΓ³ibΓ­n
  4. When Eddie Levert Comes” By Deesha Philyaw
  5. β€œConfessions of a Shinagawa Monkey” by Haruki Murakami
  6. β€œThe Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link
  7. β€œBirdie” by Lauren Groff
  8. β€œAll Saints’ Mountain” by Olga Tokarczuk
  9. β€œFlashlight” by Susan Choi
  10. β€œThe Pinch” by Dina Nayeri
  11. β€œThe Reverant” by Edwidge Danticat
  12. β€œPineapple Crush” by Etgar Keret
  13. β€œThe Migration of the Stork” by Ismail Kadare
  14. β€œPaper Menagerie” by Ken Liu
  15. β€œLois and Varga” by Lisa Taddeo
  16. β€œTiger Bites” by Lucia Berlin
  17. β€œSlingshot” by Souvankham Thammavongsa
  18. β€œShakespeare, New Mexico” by Valeria Luiselli
  19. β€œThe Office of Missing Persons” by Akil Kumarasamy
  20. β€œThe Frog King” by Garth Greenwell
  21. β€œOn Destiny” Lee Chang-dong
  22. β€œMotherland” by Min Jin Lee
  23. β€œRedeployment” by Phil Klay
  24. β€œWhen the Tide of Misfortune Hits, Even Kelly Will Break Your Teeth” by Porochista Khakpour
  25. β€œMemoirs of a Bootlegger’s Son” by Saul Bellow
  26. β€œCattle Praise Song” by Scholastique Mukasonga
  27. Mucci” by Ursula Villarreal-Moura
  28. The Proxy Marriage” by Maile Meloy
  29. β€œDimension” by Alice Munro
  30. β€œThe Fruit of My Woman” by Han Kang
  31. β€œCrooner” by Kazuo Ishiguro

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