‘One Story’ Names the Top 10 Short Stories of All Time

“Dance in America” by Lorrie Moore

In this story, our fair narrator spreads the gospel of dance in schools and colleges in Nebraska during the dead of winter. She meets up with her old friend, Cal, who owns a former frat house with his fiercely Francophile wife, Simone. “Dance in America” first appeared in 1993 in The New Yorker.

Some runners-up:

“The School” by Donald Barthelme
“Goodbye, My Brother” by John Cheever
“Why Don’t You Dance?” by Raymond Carver
“Sea Oak” by George Saunders
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates
“Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff