Welcome to my list of short stories for Deal Me In 2015!  52 cards, 52 weeks and 52 stories randomly read!

A Spades Rip Van Winkle Washington Irving 1819
K Spades The Wives of the Dead Nathaniel Hawthorne 1832
Q Spades The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids Herman Melville 1855
J Spades The Brothers Louisa May Alcott 1863
10 Spades The Ghost in the Mill Harriet Beecher Stowe 1872
9 Spades Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup Mark Twain 1875
8 Spades A Cloud on the Mountain Mary Hallock Foote 1885
7 Spades A White Heron Sarah Orne Jewett 1886
6 Spades Old Woman Magoun Mary E. Wilkins Freeman 1891
5 Spades The Journey Edith Wharton 1899
4 Spades The Storm Kate Chopin 1900
3 Spades Paul’s Case Willa Cather 1905
A Clubs Koolau the Leper Jack London 1909
K Clubs Little Selves Mary Lerner 1915
Q Clubs The Strength of God Sherwood Anderson 1919
J Clubs The Golden Honeymoon Ring Lardner 1921
10 Clubs Wild Plums Grace Stone Coates 1928
9 Clubs Theft Katherine Anne Porter 1929
8 Clubs Here We Are Dorothy Parker 1930
7 Clubs God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen Ernest Hemingway 1933
6 Clubs Red-Headed Baby Langston Hughes 1934
5 Clubs An Alcoholic Case F. Scott Fitzgerald 1937
4 Clubs The Secret Life of Walter Mitty James Thurber 1939
3 Clubs The Man Who Was Almost A Man Richard Wright 1940
A Hearts The Worn Path Eudora Welty 1940
K Hearts The Second Tree From the Corner E. B. White 1947
Q Hearts Miami-New York Martha Gellhorn 1947
J Hearts Death of a Favorite J. F. Powers 1950
10 Hearts The Country Husband John Cheever 1955
9 Hearts Tomorrow and Tomorrow And So Forth John Updike 1955
8 Hearts Greenleaf Flannery O’Connor 1956
7 Hearts Harrison Bergeron Kurt Vonnegut 1961
6 Hearts The German Refugee Bernard Malamud 1963
5 Hearts Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Joyce Carol Oates 1966
4 Hearts The Key Isaac Beshevis Singer 1971
3 Hearts A City of Churches Donald Barthelme 1972
A Diamonds A Silver Dish Saul  Bellow 1978
K Diamonds The Shawl Cynthia Ozick 1980
Q Diamonds Today Will Be A Quiet Day Amy Hempel 1985
J Diamonds Janus Ann Beattie 1985
10 Diamonds Fleur Louise Erdrich 1986
9 Diamonds You’re Ugly, Too Lorrie Moore 1989
8 Diamonds The Discovery of Kentucky Wendell Berry 1991
7 Diamonds In The Gloaming Alice Elliot Dark 1993
6 Diamonds The Half-Skinned Steer Annie Proulx 1997
5 Diamonds Hell-Heaven Jhumpa Lahiri 2004
4 Diamonds Good People David Foster Wallace 2007
3 Diamonds Mercy Pinckney Benedict 2010
2 Spades WILD: Phantoms  Steven Millhauser 2011
2 Clubs WILD: Miracle Polish  Steven Millhauser  2011
2 Hearts WILD  A Voice in the Night  Steven Millhauser  2012
2 Diamonds WILD: The Wizard of West Orange  Steven Millhauser  2007

59 thoughts on “2015

  1. Hi Dale,

    Seeing your list has got me excited to work on my own. I think I’m going to go 50-50, with 2 suits dedicated to “local” authors and 2 to others. I have a suit prepared of “New Yorker Stories” where all the stories have been published in the New Yorker, and it is a hodgepodge of (great) authors. I may still dedicate spades to darker stories, since I like them, but I’m running out of room in my deck!

    I’ve actually read 15 of yours, 6 of which were in four years of my prior DMI rosters.

    I’m also still working on a “flyer-type” Deal Me In 2015! document that hopefully will inspire others to participate.

    I look forward to another year of reading your impressions from your short story reading!


    1. Thanks, Jay! I look forward to your list and your posts, also. It’s been a great and successful idea! Like I’ve said before, it’s the one challenge that is ideal for me and my schedule.

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