9 of the Best Short Story Collections Written by Women

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The short story is like the overlooked, younger sister. She does not get the pomp or publicity of her older, bigger, family member the novel. But short stories, unlike novels, demand our undivided attention. They are intimate, forcing us to finish in one sitting and giving us a rush with plot twists, narrative risks, and enigmatic characteristics that a novel cannot sustain. Chinelo Okparanta’s beautiful, new collection of short stories, Happiness, Like Water, encapsulated all that's great about the short as an art unto itself — and these collections, all by female authors, all do the same.

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