The 10 Best Short Story Collections of 2013

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Tenth of December, George Saunders (Random House)

Few readers would deny George Saunders all the acclaim he gets as a short-story purist, but not even they could have predicted that The New York Times Magazine would proclaim his newest collection the best book we’d read in all of 2013, just three days into the year. After that, there was the backlash, and after the backlash came the National Book Award nomination. But at the end of the day, Saunders just solidified his position as one of our modern masters with his best book since 1996’s CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.