I’m one of those readers who suffer from that “must finish before I put it down” syndrome. If I get into a story, I find it really hard to stop reading it. This means many nights where I’m reading until the birds start singing. And it means bleary eyes and a need to work on ways to stay awake during the day. The answer? Leave the novels to the weekend and indulge in short stories on weekdays. I’ve found some excellent short story collections this year and would love to share them with you.
1 Crazy Salad: Some Things about Women by Nora Ephron
The iconic Nora Ephron blessed us with this short story collection that both celebrates and pokes fun at the kinds of women that paved the way for how freely we live today.
If there is one thing Alice Munro knows how to write about, it is love in all of its various shapes and varieties. These stories explore both the sublime happiness and extreme sadness that love can evoke.
6 The Thing around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A really intimate collection of stories in which the author looks to make deep and meaningful connections between America and Africa, and the parents and offspring that bridge the gap between the two continents.
A compilation of stories from the legendary writer Lucia Berlin. This collection expertly provides the reader with small but all-encompassing observations about the lives of middle class Americans, what makes them tick and what is important to them.
If you like a touch of the bizarre in your literature, then this collection of slightly eerie but marvelous stories is definitely for you. Look out especially for a memorable tale about a group of schoolboys who stumble upon a scarecrow that looks exactly like a boy they used to tease.
11 Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm Edited by Philip Pullman
They may be over two centuries old at this point, but this collection of Grimm tales lovingly edited by the one and only Philip Pullman are still as fresh and innovative as the first time you heard them!