Easy to digest and just as compelling as their full-length counterparts, short stories are the best way to get your literary fix in between the demands of everyday life. From personal snapshots to funny anecdotes, these eight short story anthologies are the ones we are adding to our bedside tables… and you should be too.
The Houseguest & Other Stories — by Amparo Dávila
Terrifying but impossible to put down, these nightmarish tales delve into the lives of Dávila’s remarkable characters lives which are laced with desire, fear, and paranoia.
Sweet Home — by Wendy Erskine
Via 10 intellectually crafted, wonderfully observed portraits of everyday people with everyday griefs, sorrows, regrets and achievements, Erskine captures life in modern-day East Belfast in all its guises.
The Bed Moved: Stories — by Rebecca Schiff
A blunt and bitingly honest authorial debut, Schiff’s collection of short stories navigates the themes of adolescence, death, sex and singularity with a no-holds-barred approach and an unprecedented wit.
You Know You Want This — by Kristen Roupenian
A follow up from the author behind the viral phenomenon ‘Cat Person’, YKYWT comprises a compelling selection of darkly funny stories that explore the intricate bonds between sex, gender and power.
The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God — by Etgar Keret
With a dose of black humour, Israeli author Etgar Keret delivers a collection of compulsively readable tales which follow the bitter ironies that plague the daily lives of his characters.
You Think It, I’ll Say It — by Curtis Sittenfeld
Engaging from beginning to end, best-selling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld’s short story collection challenges stereotypes about class, relationships and gender in a way that is powerfully touching and inherently relatable.
Awayland: Stories — by Ramona Ausubel
Eleven narratives that take readers through wonderlands both real and mythical, with author Ramona Ausubel you are just as likely to be journeying through small-town America as you are the very gates of Heaven.
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories — by Mariana Enríquez
Gruesome yet spell-bindingly brilliant, these wildly imaginative snippets of literature bring modern-day Argentina to the forefront of our attention, highlighting the corruption and bewildering inequality that runs rife.