In 2017, I discovered the magic of short story collections. I have heard a lot of people complain that they find it hard to get interested in short story collections as it doesn’t give enough depth and story to get involved. Somehow, for me, I have never had an issue with that. Short stories allow you to flit in and out of characters, experience different settings and experiences and emotions, all within a few pages. I also feel its perfect for subway commute reading. I usually end up finishing a story one-way.
One of my favourite genres within short stories is the fabulist/surrealist genre. The fact that you need to suspend belief only for a short while serves as a perfect form of escapism. Having said that, its not that I don’t enjoy realist collections, but realist stories can get mundane if its not done right.
Here are some of my short story recommendations by genre (*I’ll continue to update this list every now and then):
- At The Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson
- St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russel
- By Light We Knew Our Names by Anne Valente
- Where we go when all we were is gone by Seqouia Nagamatsu
- A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel
- The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova
- The Last Animal by Abby Geni
- Snow in May by Kseniya Melnik
- The Accusation by Bandi
- Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke
- The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie