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These 14 Short Story Collections Will Change Your Approach to Life

Hadley Mendelsohn of My Domaine includes Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees on the list of “14 Short Story Collections That Will Change Your Approach to Life.”

If you’re someone who loves reading but can never seem to find the time for it, we’ve found a solution: the humble short story. We get it, it can be intimidating to crack open a bible-sized novel after a long day,  during a short vacation, or while on a quick commute, which is why short story collections are such a great alternative. The best ones are just as enriching and entertaining as their full-length fiction counterparts, but they’re decidedly easier to get through in one sitting.

Not only do short stories puncture the things that novels dance around for hundreds of pages, but they also make for great introductions to certain authors and literary styles. On that note, let’s make like a short story and get straight to the point with this list of the 14 best short collections, from contemporary hits to great classics.


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