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 Drown off the list. 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!
'The Accusation' by Bandi
Containing a handful of critical stories smuggled out of North Korea, Bandi's The Accusation is a debut fiction collection you don't want to miss.
Helen Oyeyemi's What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours contains nine stories from the 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.
'Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?' by Kathleen Collins
Published posthumously by the author's daughter, Kathleen Collins' Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? explores the intersections of race, sex, gender, and class, offering up stories that will linger in your mind.