Short Fiction / Short Stories
The Corpse Exhibition by Hassan Blasim
A brutal and sobering collection of short fiction from the literarily under-explored world of contemporary Iraq.
Can't and Won't by Lydia Davis
Tightly drawn and astonishingly minimal, Davis's stories often run no longer than a few paragraphs, with some even as a short as a single sentence.
Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky compiles eleven irreverent short stories from early 20th-Century Russia that combine the madness of Nikolai Gogol with the philosophical crises of existentialism.
Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus
This collection reads like a compilation of demos and false starts, stories that Marcus has not yet expanded towards the length of a novel.
Starting Over by Elizabeth Spencer
Elizabeth Spencer's eighth collection of short stories chronicles the human condition, each deftly creating an unforgettable world.
Remember How I Told You I Loved You by Gillian Linden
Remember How I Told You I Loved You? touches on the lives of a central character and her friends in their 20s and 30s, during a time when they are trying to figure out who they are and where they are going.
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013
Spearheaded by Dave Eggers, the selections within The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 are as always an eclectic assortment chosen for inclusion in the book by the annual crop of San Francisco area high schoolers from Eggers' 826 Valencia writing and tutoring center.
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
In Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell takes imaginative genre fiction and rustles it awake, shakes off a self-inflicted, impossible fantasy and molds story into something close to reality.
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Tenth of December, George Saunders' latest collection of short stories is a fine collection that highlights Saunders' ability to deftly combine humor with serious themes.
This Cake is for the Party by Sarah Selecky
Ten stories linked by the theme of imperfection and the sharing of food comprise Sarah Selecky's This Cake is for the Party, a 2010 nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Best First Book Award.
Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman
How do you breathe new life into the old fairy tales. Give them to Philip Pullman. In this volume, Pullman respins 50 of his favorites from the brothers Grimm, including Snow White, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel and 47 more.
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
In This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz brings back Yunior, the narrator of several stories in his first short story collection, Drown, as the central character in a collection of stories about love.
Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu
Sorry Please Thank You, Charles Yu's second collection of short stories is often funny, often thought-provoking, and sometimes both. Between its covers, Yu plays with various forms while pursuing speculative fiction in the short form.
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret
Israeli author Etgar Keret is back with "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door," another collection of ultra brief, absurdist stories that combine humor with human frailty to great effect.
Hot Pink by Adam Levin
Hot Pink by Adam Levin 3 ½ stars Hot Pink is a collection of ten short works by Adam Levin, author of 2010's magnificent novel The Instructions. These stories provide brief, wry glimpses into an array of troubled lives, all trapped somewhere on the brink of adulthood.
The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo
In The Angel Esmeralda, Don DeLillo collects nine stories that he wrote between 1979 and 2011. Individually taken, these nine narratives are tightly-woven masterpieces, but ordered chronologically, they tell a global tale that is simultaneously about how far we've come and how bad it's gotten.
Guadalajara by Quim Monzo
The stories in Quim Monzo's Guadalajara veer from re-imaginings of classic tales - Robin Hood, The Trojan War, The Metamorphosis - to original tales probing the existential within the mundane.
Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work
Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar is full of compelling stories that cover the gamut of work: types of jobs, emotions about work, and varieties of employees.
The Rich and the Dead edited by Nelson DeMille
The 2011 edition of the Mystery Writers of America’s annual anthology is edited by Nelson DeMille and features 20 new stories by some of the best mystery writers working today.
Pulse by Julian Barnes
Julian Barnes' Pulse is a well-tempered anthology of subtle dramatics. By dividing the stories in Pulse between two distinctly different sections, Barnes reminds readers that a short story collection can have a remarkable amount of craft in its structuring.
You Think That's Bad by Jim Shepard
Jim Shepard's story collection features an wide array of well-conceived short fiction. Readers are introduced to the filmmaker responsible for Godzilla, the lives of avalanche scientists circa 1939, a near-future Netherlands flooded beyond previously established high-water marks, and more, all crafted with meticulous research. Yet, Shepard is...
Gryphon by Charles Baxter
Gryphon is a collection of twenty-three stories, written by Charles Baxter between the early eighties and today, all of which are packed with a slow-paced poetry that riffs on the flatness - and oftentimes frozenness - of middle American landscapes.
Give Me Your Heart by Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates' work is often violent, and her topics often include rural poverty, sexual abuse, and female childhood and adolescence. Give Me Your Heart includes these elements and adds in a dose of survivorhood. Although terrible things happen, and some protagonists are guilty, some are plucky and lucky enough to escape certain tragedy.
The Empty Family by Colm Toibin
In nearly all of these short stories included in this collection, characters face a chasm, either emotional or geographical, and struggle with adjusting their lives around it. Some fight to reconnect with a distant homeland, some with distant friends and family, while others try to embrace the rift and grow stronger despite its presence.
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
In his new book of stories, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, David Sedaris proves that he's a master at pushing the limits of whatever genre he chooses to write.
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
In the four novellas that make up Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King has crafted some of the most accessible, engrossing gothic tales that showcase his literary bravado while maintaining a firm hand on the suspense.
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman
This book began when neuroscientist David Eagleman questioned why humans limit our conceptions of heaven to those handed us by the world's major religions when the possible scenarios are endless? Over the course of seven years, Eagleman crafted 40 vignettes, each of which colorfully imagines a possible life after death.
Wild Child and Other Stories by T. C. Boyle
The struggle of intellectual man with his primal, animal nature is a recurrent theme in T. C. Boyle's stories. Over and again we see humans doing just what their animal instincts tell them to do, even in the face of clear and logical evidence that they would be better served by doing something else.
Look At the Birdie by Kurt Vonnegut
Fourteen new and previously unpublished short stories that sparkles with the wit, the sarcasm, and the dark observations that only Kurt Vonnegut can offer.
The Best American Mystery Stories 2009
The twenty stories in The Best American Mystery Stories 2009 are wide-ranging in their styles and themes, and - much like the 2008 collection - are short stories first, mysteries second. In fact, solid as they are as stories, many aren't all that mysterious, choosing instead to take the reader along on the ride.
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
Among varied experimental short fiction are the brief interviews of the title in which a variety of self-absorbed, deviant, and abhorrent male figures speak openly with a female interviewer.
The Best American Short Stories 2009
Drug addicts, mythical creatures, hurricanes, stars, political fugitives - they're all here, within the pages of this book. The guest editor and final selection maker Alice Sebold has assembled twenty stories, each of which in her own words "deserves to be read."
Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love by Laura Vapnyar
These six short stories all feature Russian immigrants who eat together and whose lives are uniformly depressing with occasional moments of joy. The joy is often connected with food.
Two of the Deadliest: edited by Elizabeth George
Elizabeth George has brought together 23 authors to use narrative to explore lust and greed, two of the deadliest of the Seven Deadly Sins.
The PEN/ O. Henry Prize Stories 2009
'The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009' lives up to its literary legacy by bringing together twenty knockout stories that will take readers around the world and into the lives of its fascinating characters.
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
Wells Tower captures a variety of experience that is as far-ranging as it is close to home. These stories of Viking marauders, teenage girls, and fractured families are violent and tender.
The Best American Mystery Stories 2008
George Pelecanos edits this 12 installment of stories that while generally falling into the realm of mystery, refuse to be further categoized.
Sherlock Holmes in America
Once again a new edition of Holmes stories has come before us with tales that are a treat to the eye and ear.
The Best American Short Stories 2008
All of these stories are well-written and make for enjoyable reading, more than half are somewhat exceptional, and three or four will probably have the kind of profound effect on readers that they hope for, but dare not expect, when picking up a collection like this.
Demons in the Spring by Joe Meno
Joe Meno's inspired second collection of short fiction is full of sad and broken characters who have a way of getting inside your head and staying there.
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008
Featuring fiction, nonfiction, journalism, comics, and humor, The Best American Nonrequired Reading is doubtlessly the most eclectic of Houghton Mifflin's Best American series.
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Kelly Link's third collection of short stories, is billed as her first for young adult readers, though it works just fine on adults as well.
Wifeshopping by Steven Wingate
In Steven Wingate's thirteen short stories, the relationships-whether real or imagined-face what Amy Hempel describes in her foreword as "The Flaw, the excuse to back out, to tear down the picture of a life together."
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008
The O. Henry Prize Stories series has an extensively proven track record (89 years) in the selection of terrific short prose, and the pieces in the 2008 volume uphold that reputation.
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri's second collection of short stories reveal a clear progression of her literary power from 'Interpreter of Maladies' and 'The Namesake.'
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
Miranda July's characters are slightly awkward and dysfunctional. Aren't we all?
Animals of the Ocean, In Particular the Giant Squid
Advances many heretofore unexplored discoveries and opinions, including squid dating dos and don'ts, and why squid are not at all able to watch television in black and white.
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman's "Fragile Things" contains approximately twenty previously published pieces of short fiction - stories, verse, and an American Gods novella - plus one new piece written especially for this volume.
The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret
Already a well-known phenomenon in Israel, Etgar Keret blends the ordinary with the surreal to great effect in his often extremely short stories.
In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders
Satirically smart Saunders returns to further skewer our out of control consumer society in his latest collection of short stories.
How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers
A group of stories Dave Eggers wrote over the past four years including many never-before-published stories, along with a number of pieces that first appeared in magazines, both well known (Zoetrope, The New Yorker) and small and independent (h2s04, Ninth Letter).
Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem
Each of Jonathan Lethem's tales highlights his imagination as a story crafter, and his ability to infuse every story with his unique humor and wit is what makes "Men and Cartoons" an immensely pleasurable collection.
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005
There is nothing like the ever rich, surprising, and original O. Henry collection for celebrating the contemporary short story.
McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories
Michael Chabon and friends are back with a brandnew collection that reinvigorates the stayupallnight, edgeofthe seat, fingernailbiting, pageturning tradition of literary short stories.
The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators, and Waiting Rooms
The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators, and Waiting Rooms is a uniquely-themed anthology in that it's theme is the reader. This compendium offers reading material to fill those moments of waiting for something to happen. Organized by the time that the reader has available at that moment, the anthology provides a poem for that elevator ride to the lawyer's office; a short story for the thirty-minute commute; a novella for the three-hour plane ride.
Oblivion by David Foster Wallace
In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness-a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his. These are worlds undreamt-of by any other mind.
Fishing the Sloe-Black River by Colum McCann
Fishing the Sloe-Black River, the short fiction of Colum McCann documents a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. There is the worn boxing champion who steals clothes from a New Orleans laundromat, the rumored survivor of Hiroshima who emigrates to the tranquil coast of Western Ireland, the Irishwoman who journeys through America in search of silence and solitude.
Naked: Writers Uncover the Way We Live on Earth, edited by Susan Zakin
Naked brings together thirty-one pieces by writers who examine and challenge the way people live with our environment. Edward Abbey's newly published correspondence rants against passive nonresistance. Stacey Richter mines the questionable legacy of John James Audubon and T. C. Boyle suggests we are all wild at heart, and not particularly well-groomed.
A Convergence of Birds
Inspired by Cornell's avian-themed boxes, twenty writers have generously contributed original pieces of prose and poetry that are as eclectic as they are imaginative. Accompanied by tipped-on plates, this volume is a soaring tribute.
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
In her impressive literary debut, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, author Danielle Evans emerges as a smart, funny and strong new voice in fiction. Readers of this story collection will find themselves alternating between laughing out loud and trying to fight off tears as Evans's characters navigate through the rough waters of their...
The Secret of Evil by Roberto Bolano
The Secret of Evil, published in Spanish in 2007 as El Secreto del Mal, is a collection of short stories and essays, largely unfinished, taken from Roberto Bolano's (The Third Reich, Between Parentheses) papers after his death.