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44 of Your Favorite Short Story Collections

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This giveaway is sponsored by Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories by Edward Hamlin and Excommunicados by Charles Haverty.


Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories spans the globe, taking us from Belfast to Brazil, Morocco to Manhattan. The teenaged daughter of an IRA assassin flees Northern Ireland only to end up in Baby Doc’s terrifying Haiti. An American woman who’s betrayed her brother only to lose him to a Taliban bullet comes face to face with her demons during a vacation in Morocco. A famed photojournalist must find a way to bring her life’s work to closure before she goes blind. These characters must learn to improvise—quickly—when confronted with stark choices they never dreamed they’d have to make. Lyrical, immaculately constructed and deeply felt, these nine stories take us far beyond our comfort zones and deep into the wilds of the human heart.

Excommunicados charts the journeys of men, women, and children cast out of familiar territory into emotional terra incognita where people and things are rarely what they seem. These twelve stories are populated with ex-nuns and Freedom Riders, Chaucer scholars and strippers, out-of-work comedy writers and presidents, navigating their way through bedrooms and emergency rooms, backyard burial parties and airplane crash sites, the Piazza San Marco and the post-apocalyptic suburbs of Boston. There are secrets at the center of each of these daring and original stories—secrets that separate these characters from one another but grow in the mind and the heart, connecting them with all of us.


Short story collections can be found in every genre, and are perfect for readers of all stripes. Too busy for a novel? Read a short story when you have time. Want to settle in for hours of reading? Short stories give you varied worlds within two covers.

We asked for your favorite short story collections and you had plenty to tell us about. Here are 44 of your favorite short story collections, with some kind of reading for every single type of reader.

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Books of Blood by Clive Barker

The Boat by Nam Le

Can’t and Won’t: Stories by Lydia Davis

Changing Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka

Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker

Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston

The Divinity Gene by Mathew Trafford

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer

Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman

Get In Trouble by Kelly Link

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender

How to Breathe Under Water by Julie Orringer

I Knew You’d Be Lovely by Alethea Black

The Last Animal by Abby Geni

Last Night by James Salter

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Night Shift by Stephen King

Night Side by Joyce Carol Oates

Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud

The Other Language by Francesca Marciano

A Portable Shelter by Kirsty Logan

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

Rock Springs by Richard Ford

The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr

The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

Stay Up With Me by Tom Barbash

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

Tenth of December by George Saunders

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Varieties of Disturbance by Lydia Davis

Wanting Only to Be Heard by Jack Driscoll

The Wilds by Julia Elliott

Windeye by Brian Evenson

Withdrawal Method by Pasha Malla