You can't talk about short stories without talking about Raymond Carver. Because he is the man. And wrote a ton of amazing short stories and the UW more or less worships at his literary feet. One of his most famous stories is called "Cathedral" and it was the underlying structural premise for the UW's whole thesis. But the UW's actual favorite Carver story is "A Small Good Thing." It's simple and beautiful and storytelling at its finest. And like the other gems in this series, free to read on the interwebnets.
Without further ado, take it away Ray.