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.

About a year ago, this towering stack of books represented 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.

Since then, I’ve been working hard to read as much short-form fiction as I do the long-form. I now have enough reviews that I must make order out of this chaos. So here, by continent, is a list of my short-form fiction reviews, which now includes a separate category for novellas.


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

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

By the Seashore: The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr

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

Talk Story: This Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila

Ribbons: Her Body & Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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

Vietnam: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

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

Red Stick Festival: Buckskin Cocaine by Erika Wurth


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

No Heroes: Drifting House by Krys Lee

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

Carrots & Kiwis: Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

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


Judge Dee: The Chinese Nail Murders by Robert van Gulik

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

Irish Rovers: Mothers and Sons by Colm Tóibín

Quiet Desperation: Last Stories by William Trevor

Circus Animals: Olifanten warm houden by Dieuwke van Turenhout


A Little Savage: The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield by Katherine Mansfield

Wicked: This Taste for Silence by Amanda O’Callaghan


Another Singapore: If I Could Tell You by Jing-Jing Lee