The Five Best Short Story Collections of - PasteShort Story Collections. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout. This new book pushes that endeavor even further … With Anything is Possible — using the sum of its parts to paint the humanity of an entire community — Strout hits the target yet again. Her fiction is both matter-of-factly and gorgeously queer. She writes about loving and living with women and men with such heat and specificity that it feels revelatory. Read an excerpt from Her Body and Other Stories here.
The best short story collections
Exhalation This groundbreaking collection by Ted Chiang, acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others , contains nine startlingly original, provocative and moving short stories. What is the nature of the universe? Salt Slow This dazzling collection of short stories about women and their experiences in society is sure to shock and delight. Characters experience isolation, obsession and love in uncanny worlds where women become insects, men turn to stone and a city becomes insomniac. Blending the mythic and the gothic, this is an extraordinary collection. Sweet Home This highly anticipated collection of short stories is the first from the talented Wendy Erskine.
This was both a pleasure and a serious challenge: the form of the story is so capacious and diverse that at times we were comparing apples and pears, or at least looking at an unfamiliar fruit and arguing over whether to call it an apple or a pear. Rest assured, though: the challenge is not impossible. An apple is always better than a pear. All five finalists will then be broadcast on successive afternoons on BBC Radio 4 and made available on iPlayer starting on 18 September. But this challenge has been nothing against the request to choose stories to fit the title for this piece. Guardian, please! There are approximately 17m to choose from.
George Saunders, the 21st century master of short stories, looks for a sense of a human being on the other side of the page. He says short stories are very hard work and oftentimes people hide behind showmanship or tricks to make a story impactful in such a short page count. He mastered these stories over his long career and released them as a collection in Saunders reached the pinnacle of the art form. This year, he finally released his follow up—only it was a debut novel.
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Below is a guest post from Mumbai-based writer-filmmaker—and longtime longreads contributor—Pravesh Bhardwaj AuteurPravesh. Here are ten of my favorites, in random order.
This brief list is packed with enthralling reads from Carmen Maria Machado, Ottessa Moshfegh and more, delivering some of the best contemporary tales in mere handfuls of pages. And while these are by no means the only extraordinary books published this year, these five were our absolute favorites. Alison MacLeod blends memoir and fiction to stunning effect in her short story collection, blurring the lines between life and death as she explores the nature of memory. Madame Zero by Sarah Hall. Sensual and chilling by turns, Madame Zero is electric in its gravitation to darkness. The stories in Things We Lost in the Fire unfold in unexpected ways, tending to descend into horror while remaining very, very funny along the way.