Want a reading list that's easy to fit into your hectic commute schedule? I know of 15
short-story collections you should binge read this weekend, and they're all waiting for you below.
If you majored in literature, you've read enough short stories to know big-league names, such as O. Henry, Anton Chekov, and Jorge Luis Borges. You've probably read the short stories of famous novelists, including
"One of These Days" by Gabriel García Márquez and "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane. Although story collections don't get the attention they deserve, many of the modern-day greats have published short stories in addition to their novels. That's all to say that, if you came here expecting to see collections from Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, and Rad Bradbury, I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised to find them unlisted.
Although every attempt has been made to keep this list contemporary and diverse, please understand that it is in no way exhaustive. Yes, I know I left
Junot Díaz's off the list Drown . I'm sorry. I could go on forever with these lists, but my editor really appreciates it if I don't.
Check out the 15 short-story collections that made my cut, and share your own reading recommendations with me on
Twitter! 1 'Difficult Women' by Roxane Gay 2 'The Accusation' by Bandi
Containing a handful of critical stories smuggled out of North Korea, Bandi's
is a debut fiction collection you don't want to miss. The Accusation Click Here To Buy 3 'What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours' by Helen Oyeyemi
contains nine stories from the What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Mr. Fox author, including "A Brief History of the Homely Wench Society," in which feminist college students sneak into the library of an all-male university and swap books. Click Here To Buy 4 'In the Country' by Mia Alvar 5 'Falling in Love with Hominids' by Nalo Hopkinson 6 'Homesick for Another World' by Ottessa Moshfegh 7 'Things We Lost in the Fire' by Mariana Enriquez 8 'The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead' by Chanelle Benz 9 'The Refugees' by Viet Thanh Nguyen 10 'Swimmer Among the Stars' by Kanishk Tharoor 11 'The Paper Menagerie' by Ken Liu 12 'A Manual for Cleaning Women' by Lucia Berlin 13 'Revenge' by Yoko Ogawa
The "11 Dark Tales" in
start out innocently enough, but quickly veer off course in unexpected and gruesome ways. Revenge Click Here To Buy 14 'Blasphemy' by Sherman Alexie 15 'Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?' by Kathleen Collins
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