Fiction is my jam, but sometimes life gets too busy to immerse myself into a beastly novel. Enter: the short story. I don’t read many stories beside the occasional literary magazine, certainly not a collection of stories by a singular author, but I’d like to remedy that, starting with these. Each collection listed here is written by novelist I’ve read before and want to read more of (with the exception of Groff, whom I haven’t read yet).
Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
Moshfegh is so bizarre but I adore her. My Year of Rest and Relaxation was one of my favorites last year, and I read and loved Eileen recently, so this collection is about all I have left to devour of Moshfegh’s bibliography.
What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
I hadn’t read Oyeyemi until her latest release, Gingerbread, which came to me highly recommended. Though I didn’t love it, it did pique my interest in Oyeyemi’s unique style, and Gingerbread‘s structure struck me as that of a short fiction writer, so I’m hoping I’ll love this collection more than Oyeyemi’s novel.
Florida by Lauren Groff
Though I’ve had Fates and Furies on my shelves for a year and a half (ugh!), I still haven’t read any Lauren Groff. Florida has certainly gotten a lot of attention, and having spent a few months in the sunshine state, I’m now even more curious to see how Groff’s collection lives up.
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
So much of Murakami is on my to-read list. Of his several story collections, Men Without Women is his newest. Its subject matter really caught my eye: seven stories about men who have all lost women in different ways, whether through death or to other men.
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Lincoln in the Bardo, Saunders’ first novel, is one my new favorites, and seeing Saunders speak in April really made me want to read more of his work! Short stories, specifically Tenth of December, are what Saunders is really know for, so I am extremely eager to get to it!
Grand Union by Zadie Smith
Grand Union doesn’t come out until October, but I pretty much need it now. Smith is one of my new favorite authors; the more Zadie I read, the more I fall in love. This collection, her first, will be comprised on ten previously published stories and ten brand-new ones.
And there we have it: the six story collections on my to-read list. While I am patiently awaiting a Sally Rooney collection, these will just have to do! Which have you read and/or recommend?