Did you know May is National Short Story Month? I didn't either, which is why I'm blogging about it with just a week left in the month. But I stock up on short story collections at this time of year because I think they're a great way to get ready for the warm-weather. Short stories are bite-sized and non-committal--the perfect compliment to a summer that's strange, surprising, and spontaneous. (I also like owning short story collections more than I do novels, since I'm more likely to revisit them.) So I've listed a few new collections (some of which I'm looking forward to), a handful of tried-and-true classics, and a few from the past ten years that I believe are new classics.
If you have more short story recommendations, let us know in the comments!
New and Upcoming
- Orientation: And Other Stories by Daniel Orozco
- Pulse: Stories by Julian Barnes
- Saints and Sinners: Stories by Edna O'Brien
- You Think That's Bad: Stories by Jim Shepard
- Volt: Stories by Alan Heathcock
- Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman
- Ladies and Gentlemen by Adam Ross
- Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories by Frank Bill
- Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans