17 Contemporary Short Story Collections to Devour

Posted by Marie on March 4, 2019


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Diverse voices and sparkling debuts dominate today's contemporary short story collections. For this roundup, we took a look at the top new and upcoming titles that have generated the most buzz among readers and award committees alike. Collections from fan-favorite authors include Lauren Groff, N.K. Jemisin, and Ted Chiang while highly anticipated releases include "Cat Person" author Kristen Roupenian's You Know You Want This and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's Friday Black.

Which collections are you most excited about? Be sure to tell us in the comments!


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Shining a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship, this debut collection engages in the ongoing conversations of race and identity politics.


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This 2019 PEN Award Winner for Best Debut Short Story Collection captures the extremes of modern warfare, and is inspired by Mackin’s deployments with a special ops task force.



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Breaking down the barriers of genres including science fiction, magical realism, and horror, this debut collection features a diverse cast of characters and their brutal struggles with fate.



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The author of Fates and Furies and The Monsters of Templeton writes an atmospheric collection that spans across decades, characters, and towns within the Sunshine state.

Read Lauren Groff's recommendations for atmospheric novels.


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Following The Broken Earth series, the first trilogy to sweep the Hugo Awards, Jemisin takes readers into parallel universes and fantastical realms where magic meets the mundane.



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This posthumous collection from two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and luminary Denis Johnson meditates on the ghosts of the past and the elusive mysteries of the universe.


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Questionable decisions, missed connections, and the extraordinary coincidences of life are explored in this collection from the author of Eligible and American Wife.


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Set in a dystopian near-future, Adjei-Brenyah's debut creates an unflinching portrait of the cultural unrest, violence, and injustices experienced by black men and women.



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Desire, paranoia, and obsession bleed into the everyday lives of ordinary people in this first collection translated in English from Mexican author Amparo Dávila.



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From close-knit island communities to the streets of New York, Arthurs' debut collection depicts the multifaceted lives and cultural diaspora of Jamaican immigrants.



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The author of the viral New Yorker short story, "Cat Person,” pens her first collection, which explores both the horror and humor of gender, sex, and power across multiple genres.



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Myths, saints, and an Arthurian legend recast on a college campus are just a few of the magical territories that World Fantasy Award nominee Kat Howard explores in this collection.



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Characters must confront the unearthly and the unexpected in this reality-bending collection from the author of the Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel, Fever Dream.



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Set in the city of Houston, this debut collection focuses on the son of a family restaurant owner who comes of age while others live, thrive, and die in the city’s myriad neighborhoods.

Release date: March 19


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Latina women of indigenous ancestry contemplate their sense of heritage, identity, and "home" in this debut collection set against the backdrop of Denver, Colorado.

Release date: April 2


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The bestselling author of P.S., I Love You writes a collection that reflects the routines and desires in women's lives and examines the ways in which they've overcome adversity.

Release date: April 16


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Nine provocative tales explore the question of what it means to be human in this follow-up collection from the award-winning science fiction author of Stories of Your Life and Others.

Release date: May 2


Which of these collections are you adding to your Want to Read shelf? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I love, love, love "That Time I Loved You" by Carrianne Leung. Fantastic. While they are short stories about different characters, the stories intertwine to make one story as well.


message 2: by MundiNova (new)

MundiNova Attention: If you can only read one, pick Sabrina & Corina: Stories. I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful this story collection is. It should be on more lists of "Great Books Coming Out in 2019"

If you decide to pick two, add Friday Black.

Ok. I've done my community service. Thank you.


Leighkaren Labay I loved Cat Person when I read it in The New Yorker, so I'm definitely reading You Know You Want This.


message 4: by 2TReads (new)

2TReads Looking forward to reading quite a few of these books, namely How to Love a Jamaican, Friday Black, Sabrina and Corina, Mouthful of Birds and Roar.


message 5: by Fatima (new)

Fatima I’m planning on reading 4 of these in the near future, namely Heads Of The Coloured People, Exhilaration, You Know You Want This and Sabrina and Carina: Stories


message 6: by Everett (new)

Everett Thompson I love reading and writing short stories! Please check out my first book that was recently released. Weaving Words out of Tangled Thought. Thx!


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