Short stories honored by Best American Short Stories
An anthology edited by Heidi Pitlor and prolific authors such as Min Jin Lee, Jane Smiley, Anthony Doerr, Raymond Carver, Amy Tan, Junot Diaz, T.C. Boyle, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and more, the BASS collects the year's best short stories by contemporary American writers.
Listing 2405 stories.
In a dystopian future, a man tries to convince his daughter not to return to the cult that has put her in debt through a disturbing, invented currency which bonds humans together.
A young woman tries to attract the attention of a colonel so that she can live a comfortable life.
After watching his father's infidelity slowly poison the family dynamic and his mother's happiness, a young, gay Afro-Latinx boy meets his father's mistress.
Once a celebrity in his Iranian homeland, a homeless sitar player seeking to reconnect with his daughter finds refuge with a homeless Indian immigrant in a New York YMCA.
A middle-aged New York editor becomes entranced by a young female writer whose work he rejects. As they meet more and more frequently for coffee, the editor endlessly analyzes whether or not the young woman shares his interest in becoming more than friends.
A teacher at an all girls school thinks about her abusive partner while she is living away from him. She is thrown a birthday celebration at the school and becomes overwhelmed with emotion.
A woman leaves her island home to serve at a créche on the mainland in a poor area of the city. There, she falls in love with one of the children she cares for and wants him as her own, but his mother commits a crime that puts the boy out of reach.
Jaded architect John Cashmore begins finding fault with the greed and ambition of everyone around him, dissolving into erratic behavior on a business trip as he desperately tries to reckon with lost dreams and hopelessness.
A young woman feels trapped in her own life, bound to her convict boyfriend and young son. The woman's worldly aunt encourages her to move away and start over.
A veteran boxer fights the fatigue of age as he faces off with his rival in two career-defining matches.