Top Five Stories: 2011–2012
A young soldier loses his arm and his self-respect during the First World War. A chess player from a small Siberian town travels to a forbidding Cold War Leningrad to compete. Shortly after Kristallnacht, a teenager desperately tries to get a job, in his desire to fight the Nazis. A boy from a rural American town has an astonishing talent his parents can’t understand. After her husband’s death, a woman finally surrenders to her grief. Whether the writers showcased here depict a world close to home or far beyond our experience, each presents characters at depth, taking you into the heart of a wonderfully original story. Don’t rush. Savor each one.
National Book Foundation's 2012 5 Under 35 Honoree
After my husband died, we kept in touch.
At the age of thirteen Silas started sleeping in his closet.
Robbie felt his missing fist clench.
I only ever laid down with a girl last week.