Want To Start Reading Short Stories? Try These 11 Collections By Women
By Kerri Jarema
If you think that getting into short stories is difficult, I totally understand. I've always preferred to lose myself in full-length novels. But so many short story collections have been released over the past few years — from Carmen Maria Machado's soon-to-be adapted for TV Her Body and Other Parties to Roxane Gay's Difficult Womento Lauren Groff's Florida — and I have grown increasingly interested in the prospect of sitting down with a large stack of short fiction collections at my bedside. If you're ready to dive into a new world of literature, I've got 11 picks below to get you started.
There has certainly been no shortage of incredible short story collections in 2018, so all of the books listed below were released in the past year, and all were written by women. But that's pretty much where the similarities end: these collections run the gamut from realistic to fantastical, eerie to heartfelt, interconnected and all over the map. So throw aside your trepidations about reading short stories. No matter what sort of fiction you're into, there is a collection below that will speak to you, excite you, and keep you enthralled until the very last page: