Peter Orner’s Favorite Short Stories

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I’ll say it: [“Idiots First”] is the most moving American story ever written. (Until I change my mind.)

For online magazine Ozy, Rumpus columnist Peter Orner collects some of his very favorite short stories.

They range from North American classics by Bernard Malamud and Alice Munro to work by Mexican author Juan Rulfo and murdered South African author Bessie Head.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →