Yes, I know the drugstore Santas have begun their yearly infestation, but, believe it or not, it's still autumn. We have a few precious weeks to get all our fall reading in before we are eaten by the winter holidays. And there's something about autumn that's so perfectly suited to short stories: the days are getting briefer, the winds are getting brisker, and the warm drinks are plentiful. It's perfect weather for curling up with a good book. But it's also somehow ridiculously busy as everyone runs in circles screaming about work and school and getting things done before we enter the holiday vortex proper. Short stories are the ideal mix of cozy and compact, so here are a few great reads for the tail end of fall.
Now, these stories don't all address the season of fall specifically. Some of them tap into a clear Halloween or Thanksgiving vibe, while others explore the broader ideas of change, longing, and familial relationships. It's a season of transition, after all, as the world gears up for several months of bitter cold and food-induced comas. No matter the specifics, though, all of these stories evoke that particular cozy, bittersweet sense of late autumn: