My favourite short story writer, hands down, is Alice Munro. I love her jewelly miniaturist’s art, her contorted sentences, the elegaic tone which pervades her work, her sharp eye, her sense of hard-won wisdom, the sadness and beauty which breathes through her work.
Her work is restful, rejuvenating, a tonic for me. I love it!
I could not find my favourite Munro stories online, but here’s one from the New Yorker.