Short and Sweet? Contemporary Short Story Collections

A lot of readers may prefer a big novel to sink their teeth into and may be hesitant to pick up a book of short stories. But as Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger, Edgar Allen Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have taught readers, much emotion, intrigue, and investment in the characters’ lives can be built in just a few short pages. Here are some contemporary short story collections to consider: 

 
Literary Fiction

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Fine Just the Way It Is by Annie Proulx
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro

Nonfiction/ Humor/ Essays

Various Titles by author David Sedaris

Women’s Fiction

Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom
Love Stories in This Town by Amanda Eyre Ward

Collections with Selections from Different Authors

The Best American Short Stories by Various Authors (published every year)
The Best American Mystery Stories by Various Authors

Juvenile

Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing by Various Authors

Young Adult

13: Thirteen Stories that Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen edited by James Howe

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