May is Short Story Month

ShortStorySignageMay is short story month, and now that the weather is finally nice enough to take a book outside, why not pick up a short story collection? Here in the library, you’ll find short story anthologies (collections of stories by multiple authors) in the fiction room on the first floor, first aisle on the right when you enter the room. Single-author collections are shelved with the rest of the fiction, alphabetically by the author’s last name.

Not sure where to start? Here are a few of my favorite short story collections:

Sad/romantic/lyrical:
Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy

Funny/inventive/original:
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson

Bite-size stories that are laugh-out-loud funny:
Ant Farm: and other desperate situations, by Simon Rich

Strange and fantastical:
Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link

Mysterious and magical:
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

Contemporary, real-life issues:
Touchy Subjects by Emma Donoghue

Female narrators in Southeast Asia:
Lucky Girls by Nell Freudenberger

Imaginative and international:
The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards

Brief, intense, observant, Israeli:
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God by Etgar Keret

And for realistic fiction by the master of the short story craft, try anything at all by Alice Munroe.

Did I miss your favorite? Let me know in the comments! Reading suggestions are always welcome. And remember, if you read something that you think is awesome, put it in the Awesome Box!

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3 Responses to May is Short Story Month

  1. linda says:

    I like Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry by Elizabeth McCracken, which is humorous and quirky.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum is the dark but beautifully written In This Light by Melanie Rae Thon.

  2. Jenny says:

    Oh, I liked Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry too! Good suggestions, thanks.

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