It may be hard to believe, but we’ve already made it halfway through 2013. And what a year for fiction it’s been! The first half of this year has been full of wonderfully strange short fiction, big important novels, and everything in between — and it’s only getting better (Donna Tartt! Margaret Atwood!) from here. After the jump, Flavorwire’s favorite fiction from the first half of 2013. Check them out, and be sure to weigh in on your own favorite reads this year in the comments.
Tenth of December, George Saunders
George Saunders is a perennial Flavorwire favorite — and he’s also a favorite of pretty much anyone who’s serious about contemporary fiction. This collection, his first since 2006, would make this list for its second story alone, gorgeous, devastating, and short enough to read aloud at dinner parties without invoking everyone’s ire. The other stories? Yeah, they’re pretty good, too.