6 Sensational Short Story Collections

The perfect solution for a busy schedule, indulge in these collections one striking story at a time.

Sometimes you want to sink into a delicious, deep, absorbing novel. Those all-encompassing reads are perfect for a week’s vacation, when all you have to do is tote the thick volume to the beach and back home. But now that it’s fall, and schedules are less languid and more harried, I find myself re-reading the same page of a novel over and over again, struggling to remember the nuances of the characters. That’s why I think short stories are the perfect solution for a busy reader. They are no less character- or plot-driven; they’re simply shorter and more easily digestible. The volumes are often slim, and you can devour a full story during one leg of your commute or before bed at the end of a long day. And the next day, you can meet all new characters and begin again—no disjointed starting and stopping.

 


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About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Editor of Read It Forward. As a kid, she used to get in trouble at summer camp for using a flashlight to read inside her sleeping bag after lights out, but these days, she lives in Brooklyn, where nobody minds if she stays up late reading. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.

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