Top Five Stories: 2008–2009

AMONG THE MANY excellent stories published in the past year as Stories of the Week, we wanted to focus on some newer works, so we selected the five best, variously remarkable for heart, humor, drama, and illumination. In each one, you’ll find pleasure and surprises and a writer to remember and read again.

If you would like to send a story for consideration as a Story of the Week, please see our Guidelines. Each September the Top Five Stories are selected for special notice.

Congratulations to the winners. Each receives a $500 award.