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December 26, 2018


#DealMeIn2019 Challenge

by N@ncy


  • Hosted by Jay sign up here:  @Bibliophilopols
  • What is the goal of the challenge?
  • To read 52 short stories in 2019 (that’s only one per week )
  • What do I need?
  • 1) fifty-two short stories
    2) A deck of cards
  • LIST:
  • Stories published in 2018  The New Yorker:



  1. Ace – Whoever is there, come on through – Colin Barett
  2. Foreign Returned – Sadia Shepard
  3. Texas – David Gates
  4. Writing Teacher – John E. Wideman
  5. The Boundary – J. Lahiri
  6. Bronze – Jeffrey Eugenides
  7. Stansville – Rachel Kushner
  8. Mrs. Crasthorpe – Willliam Trevor
  9. Seeing Ershadi – Nicole Kraus
  10. The Poltroon Husband – Joseph O’ Neill
  11. Jack – No More Maybe – Gish Jen
  12. Queen – The State – Tommy Orange
  13. King – The Intermediate Class – Sam Allingham



  1. Ace – The State of Nature – Camille Bordas
  2. How Did We Come to Know You – Keith Gressen
  3. A Flawless Silence – Yiyun Li
  4. Treatments – Robert Coover
  5. The Boarder – Isaac Bashevis Singer
  6. Without Inspection – Edwidge Danticat
  7. The Long Black Line – John L’Heureux
  8. Stay Down and Take It – Ben Marcus
  9. Silver Tiger – Lu Wang
  10. Orange World – Karen Russel
  11. Jack – Fungus – David Gilbert
  12. Queen – Omakase – Weike Wang
  13. King – The Luck of Kotura – Gary Shteyngart



  1. Ace –The First World – Joseph O’ Neill
  2. Under the Wave – Lauren Groff
  3. The Dog – J.M. Coetzee (Dec 2017)
  4. No More Than Ever – Zadie Smith
  5. I Walk Between the Raindrops – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  6. Displaced – Richard Ford
  7. A Refugee Crisis – Callan Wink
  8. Ways and Means – Sana Krasikov
  9. The Wind Cave – Haruki Murakami
  10. Cecilia Awakened – Tessa Hadley
  11. Jack – Poor Girl – Ludmilla Petrushevssky
  12. Queen – When We Were Happy We Had Other Names – Yiyun Li
  13. King – The Rise and Rise of Annie Clark – John L’Heureux



  1. Ace – The Coast of Leitrim – Kevin Barry (Ireland)
  2. Flaubert Again – Anne Carson
  3. Waugh – Bryan Washington
  4. Backpack – Tom Earley
  5. Cattle Praise Song – S. Mukasonga
  6. Show Recent Some Love – Sam Lipsyte
  7. The Frog King – Garth Greenwell
  8. Snowing in Greenwich Village – John Updike
  9. Children are Bored on Sunday – Jean Stafford
  10. Chaunt – Jay Williams
  11. Jack – Time for the Eyes to Adjust – Linn Ullmann
  12. Queen – Acceptance Journey – Mary Gaitskill
  13. King – The Lazy River – Zadie Smith (Dec 2017)

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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dec 26 2018

    I’ve read several of your “hearts” stories (that must’ve been a phase when I was reading The New Yorker’s fiction entry regularly – I go through cycles where I always make it a point to read them, then neglect them for awhile.) Several favorite authors among the rest, too. I look forward to hearing about Haruki Murakami, Yiyun Li, Groff, Gaitskill & on and on. 🙂

    Here’s to a 2019 full of fun short story reading!

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    • Dec 26 2018

      The New Yorker is a must read in my house….but seems like the issues just keep piling up while I’m reading other books! In 2019….things are going to change. Excellent writing deserves my attention. If you get your story published in The New Yorker….you are considred above average …dare I say pretty good!

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      • Dec 26 2018

        I’ve been a digital subscriber for several years now. Love that that also gives me access to their archives. 🙂

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  2. I haven’t heard of any of these so I’ll look forward to your reviews. Best of luck with this wonderful challenge!


    • Dec 26 2018

      Surely you’ve heard of John Updike, Zadie Smith, Jean Stafford (Pulitzer Prize) and J. Lahiri…Murakami ….have a look on Google! Thanks for you comment!


      • Only Updike, Murakami and vaguely Smith. But I meant none of these stories are recognizable to me. Hopefully you enjoy them!


  3. tracybham
    Dec 26 2018

    Good for you, Nancy. I am toying with participating this year. Maybe for a smaller version (every two weeks)?


    • Dec 26 2018

      These are stories approved by some of the most demanding editors in America magazine publishing. I learn more reading The New Yorker (… with the cross reading it stimulates)…than mediorce non-fiction books. À short story…a really good story…is a novel in a nutshell. Thanks for your comments!



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