Below is a running list of my favorite short stories because I like documenting what I like (lol) and people should really read more of them (contemporary short stories, not things that I like).
Let me know your favorites on the comments. I’d love to read more!
- Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff
- A wonderful short story that still gives me frisson every time I think about it. I stumbled on this randomly over the web and was so blown away by Wolff’s masterful control of the language and the beautiful progression of his story. Still one of the most memorable short reads I’ve ever had, and I read a lot.
- A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
- I’ve heard so much about this story and about O’Connor but only took the time to read this recently (i.e. 2016). It was a great reprieve from an otherwise gray afternoon at the office. The stream of events in the story was captivating, and I can see why this is regarded so highly. Don’t wait as long as I did to read this.
- The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
- Just read this.
- Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
- Roald Dahl is one of my favorite storytellers, and his collection of child-friendly short stories were one of my favorite borrowed books from the library when I was about 10 years old. This is not like any of those stories. Lamb is dark and a bit odd but still has the signature comedy and quirkiness that makes Mr. Dahl so great.
- Sister by Miranda July
- Miranda is a great essayist but it took me a while to warm up to her collection of short prose in Nobody Belongs Here More Than You. This was my first favorite from that collection.