5. Lydia Davis, Can't & Won't
Another excellent collection from a renowned master of the short story form.
4. Hilary Mantel, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Pleasantly surprised to see that the two-time Booker Prize winner is just as adept at writing short stories as she is at writing historical novels.
3. Kyle Minor, Praying Drunk
One of the more moving, probing collections I've read this year.
2. Julia Elliott, The Wilds
This debut collection is full of outstanding stories.
1. Phil Klay, Redeployment
This National Book Award winning collection is one of my favorite books overall this year.