Short Month, Short Stories
February might be the shortest month of the year, but that just makes it the perfect time to read short stories!
Below are some of our staff's favorite short story collections:
Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State and the New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.
"The literary 'Oscars' features twenty outstanding examples of the best of the best in American short stories." --Shelf Awareness for Readers
Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his multiple award-winning stories for a groundbreaking collection--including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.
From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking.
Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things--which includes a never-before published American Gods story, "Black Dog," written exclusively for this volume.
FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE - NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "TIME "AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "BookPage BuzzFeed Chicago Tribune Kirkus Reviews "NPR "San Francisco Chronicle Slate Toronto Star The Washington Post"
World Fantasy Award Winner
Shirley Jackson Awards shortlist
Locus Award shortlist
Story Prize Notable Books
Frank O Connor Award longlist
"Beautifully written and subtly discomforting stories."Nancy Pearl
"An exceptionally versatile author.""St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
FINALIST FOR THE FRANK O'CONNOR SHORT STORY AWARD
NOW WITH AN ADDITIONAL STORY
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE(r)IN LITERATURE 2013
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction
A Best Book of the Year: The Atlantic, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, AV Club
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
People - The New York Times Magazine - NPR - Entertainment Weekly - New York - The Telegraph - BuzzFeed - Kirkus Reviews - BookPage - Shelf Awareness
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book
A Best Book of the Year: San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BookPage
These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life. Here they enter the worlds of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers.
Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial . Stand s] by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability. The New York Times Book Review
The celebrated collection of twelve stories from one of the finest authors at work today.
ANew York TimesBook of the Year
A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
"These delightful stories do that essential-but-rare story thing: they surprise. They skip past the quotidian, the merely real, to the essential, and do so with a spirit of tenderness and wonder that is wholly unique.
One of the most original American writers, Edgar Allen Poe shaped the development of both the detectvie story and the science-fiction story. Some of his poems "The Raven," "The Bells," "Annabel Lee" remain among the most popular in American literature. Poe's tales of the mmacabre still thrill readers of all ages.
A Best Book of the Year: NPR, BookRiot
With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal.