The Greatest Books: Gen. Fic.-Stories


70 Books, According to 172 “Best of” Lists

This list is generated from 172 book polls & top lists from a variety of great sources. The books is ranked based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Other list in this series⇣

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1.Redeployment by Klay, Phil (34 Lists: a1,b6,b8,b18,d2,e4,f10,g1,g2,g3,g6,i5,k1,k2,l6,m6,m10,n1,n2,n3,n5,n9,n13,o1,p2,p5,r4,s2,s4,s6,s7,t1,v5,w2)


2. Bark: Stories by Moore, Lorrie (21 Lists: a1,b3,b4,b18,b19,c7,e1,e7,g2,g5,g6,i5,k2,m10,n1,n5,p1,s6,s7,s9,t3)


3. Let Me Be Frank with You by Ford, Richard (15 Lists: a1,b8,b19,d2,e1,f10,g6,n1,n5,p11,p12,s2,s3,s6,s7)


4. Can’t and Won’t by Davis, Lydia (14 Lists: a1,b2,b18,c4,g5,i5,k2,l8,n1,n5,n6,n7,s7,t3)


5. Stone Mattress, The by Atwood, Margaret (14 Lists: a1,b11,b18,b19,g1,g5,h1,i5,k2,l7,m11,n5,p1,s2)


6. Thunderstruck & Other Stories by McCracken, Elizabeth (12 Lists: a1,b11,k1,l4,m9,m10,n3,n14,p1,s7,s9,w2)


7. Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, The by Mantel, Hillary (10 Lists: a1,b4,b6,g6,i5,k1,k2,n1,s7,w2)


8. UnAmericans, The by Antopol, Molly (10 Lists: a1,a3,b18,b19,k2,n3,n5,s2,s7,t3)


9. Emerald Light in the Air, The by Antrim, Donald (7 Lists: a1,i5,l9,m10,n6,n15,s2)


10. Man v. Nature by Cooke, Diane (7 Lists: a1,b2,b6,l9,s2,s7,s10)


11. Leaving the Sea by Marcus, Ben (6 Lists: b8,b18,b19,g6,l7,n15)

12. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by Novak, B. J. (6 Lists: a11,b8,b11,g1,m11,t3)

13. Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995–2014 by Munro, Alice (5 Lists: k1,m1,n5,s2,s7)

14. Other Language, The by Marciano, Francesca (5 Lists: a1,k1,p1,s7,s9)

15. Stories of Jane Gardam, The by Gardam, Jane (5 Lists: g6,k1,n15,s2,s3)

16. Wilds, The by Elliott, Julia (5 Lists: b6,b11,b18,k1,s2)

17. American Innovations by Galchen, Rivka (4 Lists: k1,m10,n1,s2)

18. Corpse Exhibition, The by Blassin, Hassan (4 Lists: g2,l7,p1,r7)

19. Karate Chop by Nors, Dorthe (4 Lists: a14,l4,p1,p6)

20. Flings by Taylor, Justin (3 Lists: a1,l4,p5)

21. Praying Drunk by Minor, Kyle (3 Lists: a1,l4,s2)

22. Spoiled Brats by Rich, Simon (3 Lists: g6,s4,s13)

23. Starting Over by Spencer, Elizabeth (3 Lists: b4,d2,s7)

24. Suspended Sentences by Modiano, Patrick (3 Lists: b19,l8,o1)

25. When Mystical Creatures Attack! by Founds, Kathleen (3 Lists: l4,m12,n1)

26. Young Skins by Barrett, Colin (3 Lists: g6,i5,n15)

27. Between Wrecks by Singleton, George (2 Lists: a1,b5)

28. Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka by Cantor, Jay (2 Lists: m10,s2)

29. Heaven of Animals, The by Poissant, David James (2 Lists: a1,l9)

30. Mr. Bones by Theroux, Paul (2 Lists: a1,k1)

31. Our Secret Life in the Movies by McGriff, Michael & Tyree, J.M. (2 Lists: b8,n5)

32. Piano Stories by Hernandez, Felisberto (2 Lists: l7,s2)

33. Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories by Rash, Ron (2 Lists: a2,s2)

34. Things We Found during the Autopsy by Manickavel, Kuzhali (2 Lists: b16,s10)

35. Black Cloud by Escoria, Juliet (1 Lists: s2)

36. Bombay Stories by Manto, Saadat Hasan (1 Lists: p5)

37. Bright Shards of Someplace Else by McFawn, Monica (1 Lists: n5)

38. By Night the Mountain Burns by Avila Laurel, Juan Tomas (1 Lists: f10)

39. Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen, The by Datlow, Ellen, ed. (1 Lists: l7)

40. Different Bed Every Time, A by Jemc, Jac (1 Lists: a1)

41. Dog, The by Livings, Jack (1 Lists: f9)

42. Dunning Man, The by Fortuna, Kevin (1 Lists: b6)

43. Funny Once by Nelson, Antonya (1 Lists: s7)

44. How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? by Lau, Doretta (1 Lists: a3)

45. Inappropriate Behavior by Farish, Murray (1 Lists: s6)

46. Incendiary Girls by Scheer, Kodi (1 Lists: a1)

47. Kill Marguerite and Other Stories by Milks, Megan (1 Lists: s10)

48. Last Stories and Other Stories by Vollman, William T. (1 Lists: m10)

49. Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories by Oates, Joyce Carol (1 Lists: p12)

50. Marry Me by Rhodes, Dan (1 Lists: w2)

51. Misadventure by Grider, Nicholas (1 Lists: b5)

52. Mr. Tall by Earley, Tony (1 Lists: w2)

53. New Black, The by Thomas, Richard, ed. (1 Lists: b11)

54. No Man’s Land: Fiction from a World at War: 1914–1918 by Ayrton, Pete, ed. (1 Lists: e2)

55. Nothing Is Impossible: Further Problems of Dr. Sam Hawthorne by Hoch, Edward D. (1 Lists: w2)

56. Once You Break a Knuckle by Wilson, D. W. (1 Lists: p5)

57. Palace of Illusions, The by Addonizio, Kim (1 Lists: s7)

58. Poison that Purifies You, The by Kadetsky, Elizabeth (1 Lists: m10)

59. See You in Paradise by Lennon, J. Robert (1 Lists: a1)

60. Sex World by Koertge, Ron (1 Lists: l7)

61. Snow in May by Melnik, Kseniya (1 Lists: s7)

62. States of Grace by Jones, Stephen Graham (1 Lists: l7)

63. Tao of Humiliation, The by Upton, Lee (1 Lists: k1)

64. Three Short Novels: The Son, The Lights of Earth and The Conference of Victims by Berriault, Gina (1 Lists: s7)

65. Tough Day for the Army by Warner, John (1 Lists: p5)

66. Unravished by Kaplan, Hester (1 Lists: a1)

67. White Tiger on Snow Mountain by Gordon, David (1 Lists: a1)

68. Witch and Other Tales Retold, The by Thompson, Jean (1 Lists: n5)

69. Woman who Borrowed Memories: Selected Stories by Jansson, Tove (1 Lists: k1)

70. You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There: The Stories of Elizabeth Taylor by Taylor, Elizabeth (1 Lists: g6)


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List Used:

  1. AARP , a10
  2. A.V. Club , a7
  3. AbeBooks , a11
  4. About.Com , a5
  5. Agatha Awards , a6
  6. ALA/RUSA Notable Books , a2
  7. Alex Awards , a4
  8. All About Romance , a8
  9. Amazon , a1
  10. America’s Test Kitchen , a12
  11. Andrew Carnegie Medals , a15
  12. Andrew Zimmern , a13
  13. Association for Library Service to Children , a9
  14. The Atlantic , a3
  15. Austin Chronicle , a14
  16. Backchannel , b12
  17. Barnes and Noble , b8
  18. Barry Award , b9
  19. BBC , b13
  20. BestFantasyBooks.com , b14
  21. Biographile , b15
  22. Boing Boing , b10
  23. Book Riot , b11
  24. The Book Smugglers , b16
  25. The BookBitch , b17
  26. Booklist , b4
  27. BookPage , b3
  28. BookPeople , b5
  29. Bookreporter , b19
  30. Boston Globe , b2
  31. Brain Pickings , b7
  32. Bustle , b18
  33. Buzzfeed , b6
  34. Chatelaine , c3
  35. Christian Science Monitor , c1
  36. Cleveland Plain-Dealer , c4
  37. Comics Alliance , c5
  38. Commonweal , c6
  39. Complex , c7
  40. Costa Book Awards , c8
  41. Crime Always Pays , c9
  42. Crimespree Magazine , c2
  43. Cybil Awards , c10
  44. The Daily Beast , d2
  45. The Daily Meal , d3
  46. Denver Post , d4
  47. Do Some Damage Crime Fiction , d1
  48. Eater , e6
  49. The Economist , e2
  50. Edgar Awards , e3
  51. Elle , e7
  52. Entertainment Weekly , e4
  53. Entrepreneur , e5
  54. Esquire , e1
  55. Fantasy Book Critic , f4
  56. Fantasy Café , f5
  57. Fantasy Faction , f6
  58. Fantasy Literature.com , f7
  59. Fiction_L (online discussion group — one vote for each title receiving multiple votes on list) , f1
  60. Financial Times , f10
  61. Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize , f2
  62. Flavorwire , f3
  63. Foreign Affairs , f8
  64. Fortune , f9
  65. Gear Patrol , g2
  66. Globe and Mail , g5
  67. Goodreads Choice Awards , g1
  68. Great New Books , g3
  69. Greatist , g4
  70. Guardian , g6
  71. Hammett Prize , h4
  72. Horn Book , h5
  73. The House of Crime and Mystery , h3
  74. Hudson Booksellers , h1
  75. The Huffington Post , h2
  76. Hugo Awards , h6
  77. Hypable , h7
  78. Inc. , i2
  79. The Independent , i5
  80. Indies Choices Awards , i4
  81. Indigo , i3
  82. io9 , i1
  83. Kansas City Star , k2
  84. Kirkus Reviews , k1
  85. Largehearted Boy , l4
  86. Left Coast Crime Awards , l5
  87. Library Journal , l1
  88. Library Reads , l2
  89. Library Thing , l6
  90. LitReactor , l7
  91. Locus Magazine , l3
  92. Los Angeles Times , l8
  93. Los Angeles Times Book Prizes , l9
  94. Maclean’s , m4
  95. Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf , m7
  96. Man Booker Prize , m2
  97. Mashable , m11
  98. McNally Jackson , m8
  99. Miami Herald , m9
  100. The Millions , m10
  101. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , m12
  102. Minneapolis Star-Tribune , m1
  103. Morning News-Tournament of Books , m6
  104. Mother Jones , m3
  105. Murder by the Book , m5
  106. National Book Awards , n3
  107. National Book Critics Circle Awards , n9
  108. National Journal , n10
  109. National Outdoor Book Awards , n11
  110. National Reading Group Month: Great Group Reads , n12
  111. Nebula and Andre Norton Awards , n4
  112. The New Republic , n7
  113. New Statesman , n15
  114. New York Post , n13
  115. New York Public Library , n8
  116. New York Times , n1
  117. The New Yorker , n6
  118. Newsday , n14
  119. Newsweek , n2
  120. NPR , n5
  121. O Magazine , o1
  122. Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy , o2
  123. PaperMag , p8
  124. Paste Magazine , p9
  125. Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist , p7
  126. PBS Food , p10
  127. PEN/Faulkner Awards , p3
  128. People Magazine , p2
  129. Pop Matters , p5
  130. Powell’s Books , p6
  131. Printz Awards , p4
  132. Providence Journal , p11
  133. Publisher’s Weekly , p1
  134. Pulitzer Prizes , p12
  135. The Rap Sheet , r2
  136. Read Me Deadly , r3
  137. Richmond Times-Dispatch , r5
  138. Riffle , r4
  139. RITA Awards , r8
  140. Rolling Stone , r6
  141. RT Book Reviewer’s Awards , r7
  142. RUSA Reading List , r1
  143. Salon , s2
  144. San Francisco Chronicle , s7
  145. The Savvy Reader , s11
  146. School Library Journal , s1
  147. Science Friday , s12
  148. Seattle Times , s3
  149. SFF World , s8
  150. Slate , s4
  151. Splitsider , s13
  152. St. Louis Post-Dispatch , s6
  153. Story Prize , s9
  154. Strand Critics Award , s5
  155. Strange Horizons , s10
  156. Telegraph , t3
  157. Time , t1
  158. Tor.com , t2
  159. USA Today , u1
  160. Vanity Fair , v2
  161. The Village Voice , v3
  162. Vogue , v1
  163. Vox , v4
  164. Vulture , v5
  165. Wall Street Journal , w3
  166. Washington Post , w2
  167. Waterstone’s Book of the Year , w1
  168. The Week , w5
  169. Wired , w4
  170. Woman’s Day , w6
  171. Women’s Prize for Fiction , w7
  172. YALSA Awards , y1

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