Top Five Stories: 2016–2017

“My whole life my mother’s dream was to be served fried clams under a mounted deer head,” writes Spencer Wise. This year’s Top 5 Stories of the Week illuminate the range of human desires, from the humorous to the profound, the vindictive to the just downright strange. If what you’re longing for is great stories, look no further.

The Story of the Week series for 2017–2018 starts on October 1. 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 of the Week are selected for special notice.