Short Story Recommendations List

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May is short story month, and if you’ve been following me for a while you would know of my penchant for short story collections. I thought I’d share some of my recommendations from the collections I’ve read the past year. It’s an eclectic mix of realistic, fantastical and surrealist collections. Almost all of these have been 4-star reads or higher, which for me is certainly a collection that I’d highly recommend. It’s hard to come across collections where every single story is a gem, but nonetheless, a majority of the stories in these collections were fantastic!
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For fans of realist stories, I’d recommend:
🔹 Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke (a diverse collection set in different places and settings)
🔹 The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (stories set in Nigeria and America following African Americans)
🔹 Snow in May by Kseniya Melnik (stories spanning Russia)
🔹 The Accusation by Bandi (realist stories smuggled out of North Korea)
🔹 Bobcat and other stories by Rebecca Lee (realist stories that are excellent character studies)
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For fans of fantastical, mythology-inspired stories:
🔸 At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson (A wonderful mix of stories ranging sci-fi, fantasy, Japanese myth with a huge focus on animals)
🔸 Where We Go When All We Were is Gone by Sequoia Nagamatsu (Japanese mytholofy inspired stories)
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For fans of bizarre, dark and twisty magical realism:
🔹 St.Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
🔹 The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova
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For surrealist stories with a focus on relationships and the natural world:
🔸 By Light We Knew Our Names by Anne Valente
🔸 The Last Animal by Abby Geni
🔸 Awayland by Ramona Ausubel
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I intend to read some more collections this month and will be sharing my thoughts on those too. Hope you find some interesting recommendations from this stack!
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You can find full-length reviews for all of these, you can also directly comment or message me if you’d like to know more of a particular collection from the stack and I’d be very happy to help. ☺️
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