A short story, as Edgar Allan Poe once put it, is prose that can be read in one sitting. It aims to evoke a single effect, more often than not, beautiful and breathtaking. So watch out—the next time you’re in a café, reading an author’s anthology, sipping your cappuccino peacefully, look around you, as the whole world has been devastated and then reconstructed, and nothing is quite the same again. Try out these short story collections and feel the change.
Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King
One More Thing by B. J. Novak
The stories come in bearing different themes, tones and narrative voices, but they’re unified by Novak’s playful humor, deep heart and a thorough understanding of his audience’s need to be entertained and enlightened.
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
Containing such classics as “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” “Hills Like White Elephants,” and “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” and tales never before published, this definitive collection is a must-have for admirers of the Nobel-Prize winner’s body of work.
Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
Yes, you can read a Gothic Poe story in one sitting, but you’ll soon find that you cannot do so without a flashlight by your side. Dwelling on man’s internal monsters, and the power of the dead over the living, his haunts long after the last page has been turned by a severed hand.
Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang
If you’ve seen the Academy Award-winning film Arrival, then you might have assumed its source material, the short story “Story of Your Life,” is just as good, if not better. Stories of Your Life presents more out-of-this-world narratives with that familiar heartbreaking tinge.
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Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
The women in these stories run the gamut from wealth to dearth, and from loving marriages to problematic relationships. Gay captures an evocative modern America through a foundation of female sensibilities.
Instructions on How to Disappear by Gabriela Lee
Much like Ted Chiang’s Stories, Lee’s first book is concerned with how the strange is met by the achingly familiar, and how the unreal becomes real. The setting is the Manila of the future, neon-lit and where there’s always a tendency for mania to be set off.
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
We tinker with the locks adorned in each of the stories here using Oyeyemi’s keys. As a matter of fact, the one object that locks the entries in place, in their respective times and landscapes, from overlapping, is a key, literal and metaphorical.
In the Country by Mia Alvar
For everybody longing for a place to call home, for every Filipino nurse, teacher, househelp, mother, son stationed abroad, even exiles whose hearts are still with the country that banished them, Alvar has given you a voice.
Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
A curious case—as often with most things Japanese—in terms of the classification of its form: it’s structured as a short novel, but the chapters can work as freestanding short stories. Haiku-like in its description of food and the seasons and the blossoming of a romance, prepare to be entranced.
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
Much referred to in the acclaimed film Birdman, this second compilation of stories by Carver deserves its place in pop culture and, of course, in the literary canon for its haunting meditations on love, loss, companionship, and finding one’s way and self through the dark.
A Parisian Affair by Guy de Maupassant
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