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December 9, 2013

Favorite Short Story Collections of 2013

These are the short fiction collections I have recommended most to blog readers, friends, and family throughout the year.

All links go to the authors' contributions to the Book Notes series. I have reposted my original comments for each book.

What was your favorite short story collection of 2013?


Don't Kiss Me

Don't Kiss Me by Lindsay Hunter

Lindsay Hunter floored me with her short story collection Daddy's, and her new book Don't Kiss Me is even more impressive. Hunter's stories are powerful, raw, and imbibed with voices both unique and true, she is one of our most talented short story writers.


A Guide to Being Born

A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel

The stories in Ramona Ausubel's collection A Guide to Being Born are imaginative, ambitious, and constructed of language both vivid and concise. This is easily one of the year's finest short story collections.


I Want To Show You More

I Want To Show You More by Jamie Quatro

Jamie Quatro's brilliant collection I Want To Show You More has already earned her comparisons to George Saunders, Flannery O'Connor, Lydia Davis, and Alice Munro. Written in distinctive sharp prose, these stories explore faith and love, sex and death, and taken together comprise an impressive debut.


The Isle of Youth

The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg once again proves herself one of our master short story writers with this exceptional collection, The Isle of Youth.


Love Is Power, or Something Like That

Love Is Power, or Something Like That by A. Igoni Barrett

The powerful stories in Love Is Power, or Something Like That are filled with desperation and hope, and are written by one of the genre's new masters, A. Igoni Barrett.


Spectacle

Spectacle by Susan Steinberg

Susan Steinberg's Spectacle is innovative in style, smart, and resonant, one of the most impressive short story collections I have read in years.


also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2013" book lists

Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2012
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2011
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2010
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2009
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2008

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks book reviews


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