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Short stories are my one true love in fiction. They're quick bites in every genre, requiring mastery of both language and story to be effective. Small presses publish work that we might not otherwise have broad access to, and small press short story collections—both single author and anthologies—are abundant these days, and absolute treats. Here are 20 you should consider reading right now.
I read most of the stories in this collection on the last airplane ride I took before Stay At Home orders, which sounds bad when I type it out but it's actually a lovely memory I am holding onto. These stories are wicked and angry and I love them.
Flowers of Mold by Ha Seong-nan, translated by Janet Hong (Open Letter Press)
In these stories, everything is normal until it isn't. Something menaces in every story from this Korean author.
The first of its kind, this collection brings fiction that confronts the "problematic and complex intersections of place, family, sexuality, gender, and religion with which LGBTQ Appalachians often grapple."
This is another small press with a Big Five distributor, in this case Simon & Schuster. New Suns is a collection of speculative fiction written by authors of color, from Tobias Buckell and Silvia Moreno-Garcia to names I haven't seen before but am anxious to read.