My favourite short story collection of 2018, so far.

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“There is this thing that distance does where it subtracts warmth and context and history and each find that they are arguing with a stranger.”

When I finished the last page, I wanted to turn back and start over, that’s just how brilliant this was.

What it Means When A Man Falls From the Sky by Leslie Nneka Arimah is an exquisitely conceived collection of realist and fantastical stories. Continue reading

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

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“If you have ever felt that the table at which you sit contains everything and everybody that matters to you, like a little boat, then you know how I felt. It doesn’t feel secure at all, but rather a little tipsy. It is unnerving to love a single place so much. There are no anchors to the world outside, the cities in the distance, the country around you. There is just this: the six of you afloat so happily in the temporary day.”

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The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

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Rating: 3/5
Author: Jen Campbell

I finally got around to reading The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, an eclectic collection of stories that sadly, didn’t impress. Much as I adore Jen’s book tube channel and I truly wanted to love her collection, I couldn’t let it jade my actual experience and thoughts. Not to sound the least pretentious, but having read a decent number of collections, I feel much more confident in determining if a collection is for me and pointing out what worked & didn’t. So here’s discussing all my thoughts. Continue reading

Snow in May by Kseniya Melnik

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Rating: 4/5
Cultural: Russia
Author: Kseniya Melnik

This realist short story collection turned out to be such a pleasant surprise! Snow in May is a collection of stories set in and around the Siberian port town of Magadan situated closer to Alaska than to any other major Russian city. Despite a bustling hub, Magadan has a dark and tumultuous past, as it was once a gateway to the Gulag network, Stalin’s cruelest labour camps and stories resonate with a tinge of the town’s dark past.

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Short Stories Reading List

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 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.

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The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova

fullsizeoutput_4641It felt great to sink my teeth into short stories after a string of sub-par novels and I was quite impressed by this one. The Doll’s Alphabet is an exquisitely dark, grotesque, and completely discomfiting magical realist short story collection. The only way I can describe this is that each story felt like waking up from an elusive, edgy, disconcerting nightmare. That doesn’t seem like I’m selling it really well, but it was that uncomfortable edginess in her stories, and the way it gets under your skin that makes it weirdly fascinating.

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Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

IMG_4326This book is so uncharacteristically unique: it’s a collection of dreams as the title suggests. Time is the central character, and it comes disguised in as many forms & interpretations that can be conceived, or rather, that Einstein can imagine. And throughout, it has this surreal, dreamlike, hallucinatory quality to it. I wasn’t completely onboard at the start, but the more I read, the more fascinating it became.

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