this list has been murderous to compile. i'm trying to keep each section limited to contemporary books (aside from 1 patron saint) & to 10 authors in each form. (although i'm sure this will change, i'm already breaking out in hives at the pressure of stunting.) the arrangement is spontaneous. i haven't added any commentary on my choices, but i will if you think it's helpful. i'll be adding more posts over the week/ weeks.
part i: short stories:
i. miranda july: no one belongs here more than you
iv. matthew derby: super flat times
vi. flannery o'connor: a good man is hard to find
viii. angela carter: the bloody chamber
vii. karen russell: st. lucy's home for girls raised by wolves
x. victoria lancelotta: here in the world
xii. brian evenson: the wavering knife
xiv. diane williams: excitability
x. lynne tillman: this is it
* image is from my home studio.