I got The Best American Short Stories 2005 out of the library last week and have been reading it in bits and pieces when I have time.

First things first: I was charmed by Michael Chabon’s refreshing introduction, the theme of which was entertainment and about how the main aim of fiction–short stories–is to entertain (OR that when it is the main aim, it is what pleases him).

So far, the stories in this book that have pleased me most were (not including the ones I’ve already read and loved, such as Alice Munro’s and David Bezmozgis’s): The Smile of Happy Chang’s Face by Tom Perrotta and The Girlsby Joy Williams–both of which are weird and funny and heartbreaking.

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