Sometimes, as readers, you want great storytelling, but you don’t want the commitment that a full-length book requires. That’s when you need some great short story collections. But short stories are so much more than just a quick fix. Beautifully written short stories have the capability to give you a wide range of emotions in just a few pages. So check out one or more of our most anticipated short story collections of winter 2022.
Seasonal Work by Laura Lippman
In a suspenseful collection of stories featuring fierce women–including one never-before-published novella–New York Times bestseller, Laura Lippman showcases why she is one of today’s top crime writers.
Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho
A witty, warm, and irreverent book that traces the lives of two young Taiwanese American women as they navigate friendship, sexuality, identity, and heartbreak over two decades.
Interesting Women by Andrea Lee
From the acclaimed author of Red Island House, Andrea Lee’s brilliant, outrageous collection of short stories confronts identity, desire, colliding cultures, and self-discovery.
Manywhere by Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas’s Manywhere features lush and uncompromising stories about characters crossing geographical borders and gender binaries.
Black Love Matters by Jessica P. Pryde
An incisive, intersectional essay anthology that celebrates and examines romance and romantic media through the lens of Black readers, writers, and cultural commentators, edited by Book Riot columnist and librarian Jessica Pryde.
Black Joy by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts
A timely collection of deeply personal, uplifting, and powerful essays that celebrate the redemptive strength of Black joy–in the vein of Black Girls Rock, You Are Your Best Thing, and I Really Needed This Today.
Anonymous Sex by Hillary Jordan, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
A bold and playful collection of erotic stories written by some of the world’s finest writers. The twist? Each story is “anonymous,” allowing for tales as subtle or explicit, strange or familiar, tender or fierce as each writer wishes—leaving readers to guess who wrote what.
Seeking Fortune Elsewhere by Sindya Bhanoo
This stunning debut from an O. Henry Prize winner offers intimate stories of South Indian immigrants and the families they left behind, centering women’s lives and asking how women claim and surrender power.
Life Without Children by Roddy Doyle
A brilliantly warm and witty portrait of our pandemic lives, told in ten heartrending short stories, from the Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
This Here Flesh by Cole Arthur Riley
In her stunning debut, the creator of Black Liturgies weaves stories from three generations of her family alongside contemplative reflections to discover the necessary rituals that connect us with our belonging, dignity, and liberation.
Are you looking forward to any of these short story collections?
Are any of these books on your TBR? Have you read any books from this list? What books would you add to this list?
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