fiction (short)

short story collection
Short story collection to be read. Photo credit: Karen Kao

Short fiction is incredibly hard to write. All the more reason to ooh and aah over every great short story, whether published in a literary journal or as a collection. I have a personal fascination with the linked short story, though that’s for my own writing purposes.

This towering stack of books represents every short story collection still in my to-be-read pile. For an author like Mavis Gallant, I bought a collection of all her work. For a debutante like Dieuwke Van Turenhout, I snatched up a copy of her short story collection that launched just a few days ago. There are anthologies and novellas, old stuff and new.

You can also find reviews of individual short stories published in literary journals. Or, if you prefer long-form fiction, then check out the reviews here.

Interstitial Spaces: Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis

Original Sin: This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

Judge Dee: The Chinese Nail Murders by Robert van Gulik

The Art of the Story: The Art of the Story edited by Daniel Halpern

Kawaakari: Palm-of-the-Hand Stories by Kawabata Yasunari

German Fables: The Marquise of O– and Other Stories by Heinrich von Kleist

Ribbons: Her Body & Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Empty Pasture in Afternoon: The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Ghost City: Hong Kong Noir edited by Jason Y. Ng and Susan Blumberg-Kason

Vietnam: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Carrots & Kiwis: Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

Fractured Fairy Tales: You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian

No Heroes: Drifting House by Krys Lee

Quiet Desperation: Last Stories by William Trevor

Circus Animals: Olifanten warm houden by Dieuwke van Turenhout

New Vietnam: Wild Mustard: Voices from New Vietnam edited by Charles Waugh, Nguyen Lien, and Van Gia

Red Stick Festival: Buckskin Cocaine by Erika Wurth