Mar 16, 2013
From our Teen Librarian Amy comes a list of "short, but definitely not sweet" short story collections for grownups.
Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand - No one is innocent, no one unexamined in award-winner Elizabeth Hand's new collection. From the summer isles to the mysterious people next door all the way to the odd guy one cubicle over, Hand teases apart the dark strangenesses of everyday life to show us the impossibilities, broken dreams, and improbable dreams that surely can never come true.
Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston - Not really short stories, but a novel told in many pieces, each of which is its own story. A woman seeking a reprieve from a going-nowhere relationship finds solace in flying to exotic places around the world from Alaska to Bhutan.
Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan - Exploring the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world, Megan Mayhew Bergman's powerful and heartwarming collection captures the surprising moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, when love or fear collide with good sense, or when our attachment to an animal or wild place can't be denied.
Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie - Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest collection, Blasphemy, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers.
After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHough - In her new collection, Story Prize finalist Maureen F. McHugh delves into the dark heart of contemporary life and life five minutes from now and how easy it is to mix up one with the other. (You may remember this collection from our list of post-apocalyptic fiction: The End of the World as We Know It.)