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Summer 2022 Short Story Collections

If you want great storytelling, without the commitment that a full-length book requires.

Most Anticipated Summer 2022 Short Story Collections

Summertime is always a great time for reading, and the upcoming summer of 2022 is no exception!  Whether you’re looking for a 2022 short story collection that will be a good beach read or just something to tide you over until the next big novel comes out, these collections are worth checking out.  So select a book or three from our list and get ready for some great stories!


Summer 2022 Short Story Collections

You Have a Friend in 10A by Maggie Shipstead

From New York Times best-selling author Maggie Shipstead, an irresistible collection of short stories—her first—that showcases her sparkling humor, irrepressible intelligence, and glorious affinity for the short form.

Rainbow Rainbow by Lydia Conklin

A fearless collection of stories that celebrate the humor, darkness, and depth of emotion of the queer and trans experience that’s not typically represented: liminal or uncertain identities, queer conception, and queer joy.

Ghost Lover by Lisa Taddeo

From Lisa Taddeo, #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Three Women and “our most eloquent and faithful chronicler of human desire” (Esquire), Ghost Lover is an electrifying collection of masterful and fearless short stories.

A Blind Corner by Caitlin Macy

From the author of Mrs. and TheFundamentals of Play comes a brilliant and biting short story collection about pride, privilege, and our nagging need to belong.

The Angel of Rome by Jess Walter

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins and The Cold Millions comes a stunning collection about those moments when everything changes—for the better, for the worse, for the outrageous—as a diverse cast of characters bounces from Italy to Idaho, questioning their roles in life and finding inspiration in the unlikeliest places.

Anticipated Summer 2022 Short Story Collections

Self-Portrait with Ghost by Meng Jin

From the acclaimed author of Little Gods, whose “gift merges science, politics and art: the kind of audacity our world needs now” (Gina Apostol), comes an immersive and electrifying story collection that explores self-construction, female resilience, and migrations both literal and transformative.

Gods of Want by K-Ming Chang

Visceral stories that center the bodies, memories, myths, and relationships of Asian American women, from the National Book Award “5 Under 35” honoree and author of Bestiary.

The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories by Jamil Jan Kochai

A luminous meditation on sons and fathers, ghosts of war, and living history that moves between modern-day Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora.

Stories from The Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana

Set in a Harlem high rise, a stunning debut about a tight-knit cast of characters grappling with their own personal challenges while the forces of gentrification threaten to upend life as they know it.

Walking in My Joy by Jenifer Lewis

In this exciting collection infused with her sharp humor and buoyant spirit, Jenifer Lewis, the author of the hugely successful The Mother of Black Hollywood and costar of ABC’s hit sitcom Black-ish, shares the way she found the strength and courage to walk in her joy despite personal and universal hardships.

Are you looking forward to any of these 2022 short story collections?

Have you read any short story collections from this list?  Are any of them on your TBR?  What short story collections would you add to this list?


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