As I mentioned earlier, Alice Munro received the Nobel Prize for Literature this past Thursday. My favorite thing to come out of this award is the renewed attention being showed to short stories. It’s a form I practice every day. Some people dismiss short stories, which I don’t understand. What better to read in today’s frantic, busy world–you can read short stories on your phone, on your lunch break, on the bus, pretty much anywhere.
I’ve seen lots of bloggers talking about their favorite short story collections this week, and I wanted to share my own. For this blog I’ll be sticking to single author collections, though I love many multi-author compilations as well!
Sherwood Anderson- Winesburg, Ohio
Favorite story: “Paper Pills”
Dan Chaon- Among The Missing
Favorite story: “Prosthesis”
Dan Chaon- Stay Awake
Favorite Story: “To Psychic Underworld:,” “The Farm, The Gold, The Lily-White Hands”
Jhumpa Lahiri- Interpreter of Maladies
Favorite story: “Sexy”
Jhumpa Lahiri- Unaccustomed Earth
Favorite Story: “Nobody’s Business”
The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov
Favorite story: “Music”
Flannery O’Connor- A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Favorite story: “A Stroke of Good Fortune”
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya- There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, And He Hanged Himself
Favorite story: “Like Penelope,” “Hallelujah, Family!”
Karen Russell- St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves
Favorite story: “Ava Wrestles the Alligator,” “Haunting Olivia”
What are your favorites? Tell me in the comments!