Short stories published in Harper's Magazine

Launched in 1850, Harper's Magazine is the oldest continuously published American magazine. It features journalism, essays, and fiction with the aims of "explore the issues that drive our national conversation." Harper's has won 22 National Magazine Awards, and has published Annie Dillard, David Foster Wallace, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Jonathan Franzen.

Listing 180 stories.

A lost man finds his way back to his family after realizing he does not truly wish to be alone.

When the Great Recession leaves a depressed college graduate without a promising job, she finds herself walking a quarter-million-dollar clone of the dog she used to take care of.

A weary medical officer struggles to keep watch during the night shift in a naval prison hospital, even as the prisoners begin to cause trouble.

An old man tells his nephew a story about how an incident involving a stolen lock eventually led to the creation of a town in 19th-century Mississippi.

Fondly recalling memories at the motion picture theater, an old man blurs the lines between past and present.

A young American woman visits her lover in Austria, torn between her passion for him and his Nazi-aligning values. Her routine visits with him and his sister occur during historical annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany.

On the 4th of July, a small Texas diner receives new customers from all over the nation. One family arrives to the small town in search for an old war buddy, Bill, who offered the husband a job, but the townspeople insist that Bill's work is not accepting any new workers.

When an old couple known for their great love seek divorce on scandalous grounds, it becomes an affair debated within their small Jewish community.

A woman dealing with conflicting emotions resorts to deliberately putting herself in danger to learn to value the life she's been given - but these unorthodox methods leave her more desperate than ever.

At a North American winter resort, an arthritic old man challenges a pair of young men to a series of physical challenges to prove that, despite his age and illness, he is still strong.