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Crunched for Time? Pick Up One of These Short Story Collections!

“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” -Neil Gaiman 

We’re giving short stories a little love here on the blog today! Each of these acclaimed books sits under 250 pages with stories that are the perfect length for your lunch break or the bus ride home. Follow the links provided to place a hold (or two or three)!

Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri 

Published in 1999, Lahiri’s debut collection of short stories remains a staple 20 years later; her poignant tales of Indian and Indian American life are summarized as charting “the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.”

What We Talk about When We Talk about Love – Raymond Carver 

Raymond Carver was a poet and short story author who helped breathe fresh life into the American short story during the 1980’s. His second collection dives into meditations on love, loss, and companionship.

The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Everything Adichie writes turns to literary gold, and this compilation is no different. The twelve stories here explore the bonds between men and women, parents and children, and Africa and the United States, all treated with Adichie’s signature wisdom and insight.

The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury 

In this classic sci-fi anthology, Bradbury adds layers of emotional depth to tales about the colonization of Mars and the ensuing conflicts between native Martians and humankind.

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories – Angela Carter 

Famous fairy tales and legends receive a lush, gothic reimagining in the hands of the gifted Angela Carter. Magical realism with plenty of dark, sensual twists doesn’t get much better than this.

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