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Read any short stories lately?

I’m currently reading The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans. It’s a novella and a collection of short stories. I enjoy short stories, partially because of the length. You can read for an hour and be completely done with a short story. My attention span appreciates the brevity. I’ve heard a few authors say that short story collections are difficult to sell to publishers, so I thought I’d recommend a few good ones that you can pick up at your local library.

1. What it Means when a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah.

This might be my favorite collection of short stories. Arimah is an amazing writer and I was completely invested in each of her stories. If she had a new collection coming out, I’d preorder it.

2. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer.

I read this book soon after it was published, which means, it’s been more than a decade since I’ve read it, so the details about the collection are a bit fuzzy. However, I remember being impressed with her writing. On another note, when I was working at NARA, she came in to do some research for a book she was working on.

3. Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires.

This book resonated a lot with me. I think the author being from California was part of it, along with Blackness, girlhood, and nerdy-ness. I appreciated her humor.

This is where I would recommend Junot Díaz, but since he was accused of sexual misconduct a few years back, it doesn’t feel right anymore. Instead, I’ll recommend a few speculative short story writers before I let you go: Octavia E. Butler, Ted Chiang, Charles Yu, Nnedi Okorafor, and N.K. Jemisin. Happy reading! 🤓

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