May is the month for a special focus on the short story: why we love it and why everyone should be reading them. We’ve put together a list of contemporary, classic and young adult short story collections to check out this month and beyond!

CONTEMPORARY SHORT STORIES

 

MILK BLOOD HEAT by Dantiel Moniz

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THE GHOST VARIATIONS by Kevin Brockmeier

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FIRST PERSON SINGULAR by Haruki Murakami

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FLORIDA by Lauren Groff

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IN CUBA I WAS A GERMAN SHEPHERD by Ana Menendez

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AYITI by Roxane Gay

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HOW TO LEAVE HIALEAH by Jennine Capo Crucet

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THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO by Anthony Marra

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THE REFUGEES by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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FRIDAY BLACK by Nana Adjei-Brenyah

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CLASSIC SHORT STORIES

 

A SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN by George Saunders

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DIFFICULT LOVES by Italo Calvino

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THE LOTTERY AND OTHER STORIES by Shirley Jackson

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BLOW UP AND OTHER STORIES by Julio Cortazar

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DUBLINERS by James Joyce

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THE COMPLETE STORIES by Flannery O’Connor

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HITTING A STRAIGHT LICK WITH A CROOKED STICK by Zora Neale Hurston

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MIAMI NOIR THE CLASSICS ed. by Les Standiford

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YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORIES

A PHOENIX FIRST MUST BURN edited by Patrice Caldwell

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THAT WAY MADNESS LIES edited by Dahlia Adler

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HUNGRY HEARTS edited by Elsie Chapman

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SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS edited by Stephanie Perkins

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A UNIVERSE OF WISHES edited by Dhonielle Clayton

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VAMPIRES NEVER GET OLD edited by Zoraida Cordova

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