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December 2, 2015

Favorite Short Story Collections of 2015

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.

Two exceptional short fiction anthologies were also published this year, New American Stories (edited by Ben Marcus) and 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (edited by Lorrie Moore).

What was your favorite short story collection of 2015?


Get in Trouble

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Kelly Link proves herself one of the modern short fiction masters with her new collection Get in Trouble, which brilliantly melds the fantastic with the everyday.


Man V. Nature

Man V. Nature by Diane Cook

Diane Cook's dark and boldly imaginative Man V. Nature is one of the decade's finest short story collections.


Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell's remarkable new short story collection Mothers, Tell Your Daughters is filled with sharp observances of Midwestern life and the hardships women face.


The Tsar of Love and Techno

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra's brilliant linked story collection The Tsar of Love and Techno spans almost a century of Russian history and reads like a novel.


Upright Beasts

Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel

Lincoln Michel's short story collection Upright Beasts enthralls with its tales of the surreal and the absurd.


Viral

Viral by Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell's Viral is one of the year's finest short story collections, a startlingly clever book.


also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2015" book lists

Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction books of 2015
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2015

Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2014
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2013
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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