Notes from the Fog
Read the first story in this collection—which centers on a father becoming increasingly concerned about his young son’s distant, seemingly hostile, behavior—and you’ll be hooked. Ben Marcus contemplates modern life, the ever-present sway of technology, and the human condition in these thirteen tales that are sometimes eerie, sometimes funny, and sometimes both.
Everyone seems to be raving about this new collection of eight short stories from Edwidge Danticat, author of the much-acclaimed Brother, I’m Dying and Breath, Eyes, Memory. The stories center on family, love, and home, and connections to Haiti, where Danticat was born, abound. Danticat has the ability to establish a sense of place and develop nuanced characters with just a couple of pages, and her skills are certainly on display in Everything Inside.
Fans of Zadie Smith rejoice, because she is back! And this time it’s with a collection that includes eleven never-before-published stories. Some narratives delve into the past while others imagine futures, including dystopian ones. No matter where your literary interests lie, you’ll find something to love in Grand Union.
The April 3rd Incident
Readers who’ve explored Hua’s more recent works will particularly enjoy this collection of stories that Hua penned between 1987 and 1991 and seeing how his writing has evolved over the years. But you need not actually have read anything else by Hua to enjoy The April 3rd Incident. It’s a compelling collection of vignettes that are by turns comedic and unsettling—in a good way.
If you’re looking for something zany, Fly Already is the way to go. Keret’s latest collection is steeped in dark humor, and its stories range from oddball to absurd. From story to story, he winds the clock forward, turns relationships on their head, amplifies technology and politics, and folds the fantastical into everyday life. One thing’s for certain: You won’t know what to expect.
The O. Henry Prize Stories 100th Anniversary Edition (2019)
Stay up to the minute with this anthology of fantastic stories published in 2019 by both well-established and emerging writers. In addition to the twenty stories, you’ll also get essays that explore what makes them innovative and some behind-the-scenes context from the authors themselves. The perfect read for anyone looking for a mix of contemporary voices, styles, and narratives.
The Stories of Alice Adams
I love the cover of this paperback edition of over fifty stories by the late Alice Adams. With narratives that span a range of settings and time periods, Adams examines complex human relationships between lovers, friends, family, employers, and strangers. She ponders the feelings we keep inside, the power dynamics that underlie all our interactions, and the unexpected turns of life itself. This collection clocks in at 800 pages, and it’s one you’ll want to revisit again and again.
Falls aren’t just for cozy sweaters and a warm mug of tea—they’re for reading in cozy sweaters with a warm mug of tea! (See what I did there?) If you’re looking for a short story collection to go with the changing of the leaves, check out these new releases. They’ll take you on journeys to 1930s China, to future dystopian worlds, and many places and times in between.
Here are some of the best short stories to read this fall.
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