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Short Stories

Updated: December 26, 2013

by Hill, Joe.
An inventive and varied collection of horror and fantasy fiction - some stories are whimsical and poignant ("Better Than Home," "Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead"), while others are incredibly creepy ("Best New Horror," "Last Breath").

by Jones, Edward P.
Jones's follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Known World includes stories that deal with the migration of African Americans from the rural South to northern cities, and characters whose experiences span the 20th century.

by Dahl, Roald.
Though Dahl eventually became better known for his writing for children, his macabre, sinister, and darkly funny short stories are not to be missed.

by Jin, Ha, 1956-
Stories of love, tragedy, politics, and culture, set in modern-day China.

by Lovecraft, H. P. 1890-1937.
Lovecraft's writing was not appreciated during his lifetime, but his creepy and weird tales have since attracted a cult following.

by Elkin, Stanley, 1930-1995.
Call Number: Ed.a
Elkin's writing is infused with dark, ironic humor and real human tragedy.

by Fitzgerald, F. Scott 1896-1940.
Tales of the Roaring Twenties, including the title story which was made into a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

by Byatt, A. S. 1936-
A collection of modern fairy tales for adults by the Booker Prize-winning author.

by Packer, ZZ.
Z.Z. Packer's standout collection will take the reader to Tokyo, Yale, the Million Man March, and on a Girl Scout camping trip.

by Di?az, Junot, 1968-
Before writing the bestselling The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Diaz won critical acclaim for these portraits of young Dominican men living in New Jersey, New York, and the D.R.

by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849.
This comprehensive volume includes 73 well-loved Poe stories, including his gothic tales of horror, suspenseful thrillers, mysteries, and detective stories.

by Paley, Grace.
Paley is best known for the unique, pitch-perfect voices she gives to her characters, and her deft portraits of the lives of Jewish New Yorkers.

by O'Connor, Flannery.
Call Number: Ed.a
O'Connor's flair for the gothic and grotesque, her distinctive humor, and her religious themes make her short fiction unmistakable and unforgettable.

by Roth, Philip.
Call Number: Ed.b

Roth won the National Book Award for this collection, which focuses on Jewish American life. Goodbye, Columbus is a satiric novella about young lovers in suburban New Jersey.  The other five stories reflect Roth's ambivalence about religion and ethnicity in an era of social conformity.

by Fuentes, Carlos.
Acclaimed novelist Carlos Fuentes makes a foray into short fiction with this stellar collection that explores the lives of many different Mexican families.

by Wolff, Tobias, 1945-

Tobia Wolff, whose minimalist style recalls that of Raymond Carver, may be America's best living short story writer.  This collection was his critical breakthrough with pieces on academics, family squabbles and male longers

by Lahiri, Jhumpa.
In Lahiri's Pulitzer Prize-winning debut collection, her Indian-American characters contend with assimilation, cultural traditions, and family relationships that cross generations and national borders.

by Moore, Lorrie.
Call Number: Ed.a
Lorrie Moore's short stories about people in miserable situations are infused with wit and dark humor.

by Munro, Alice.
Munro uncovers the secrets, lies, and mysteries of small town life in rural Canada in this masterful collection.

by Malamud, Bernard.
Call Number: Ed.a
Malamud's stories about communities of Jewish-American immigrants draw from Yiddish folklore and Hasidic traditions.

by King, Stephen, 1947-
Call Number: Ed.c
In Stephen King's first collection of short stories, the things that go bump in the night include rats, vampires, zombies, and a possessed Hadley-Watson Model-6 Speed Ironer and Folder.

by Jones, Thom.
A rugged, visceral collection of fiction with boxing and the Vietnam War at its center.

by Gautreaux, Tim.
A warm, folksy, and big-hearted collection by an often overlooked master of contemporary southern fiction.

by Fisher, M. F. K. 1908-1992.
The acclaimed food writer turns her hand to fiction, offering up a wise, lovely collection of stories about the challenges and rewards of growing older.

by Gaiman, Neil.
These stories draw from myths, legends and fantastical characters like Beowulf and Sir Galahad.

by Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.
Call Number: Ed.c
Ten of Hemingway's best-loved short stories including "The Killers" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber."

by Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
These stories about Spokane Indians living in the Seattle area are filled with vivid characters and thoughtful, wry reflections on what it means to be an Indian.

by Vonnegut, Kurt.
Call Number: Ed.a
A collection that conveys Vonnegut's signature wry humor and flair for the absurd.

by Carver, Raymond.
Call Number: Ed.a
Carver's short stories are considered modern classics. This volume, published shortly before his death in 1988, collects many of the best stories from his previous books, along with several other pieces.

by Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941.
Call Number: Ed.i
A collection of interconnected stories about the residents of a small Ohio town at the end of the 19th century.

by Cisneros, Sandra.
Call Number: Ed.a
Cisneros chronicles the lives and struggles of women living on both sides of the Tex-Mex border with warmth and humor.