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December 6, 2016

Favorite Short Story Collections of 2016

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 2016?


Clothed, Female Figure

Clothed, Female Figure by Kirstin Allio

Kirstin Allio's stunning short fiction collection Clothed, Female Figure is filled with skillfully crafted stories of complex women.


Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker by Maryse Meijer

The stories in Maryse Meijer's debut collection Heartbreaker are dark, fierce, and sharply drawn.


Insurrections

Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott's short story collection Insurrections is an auspicious debut.


The Jungle Around Us

The Jungle Around Us by Anne Raeff

Anne Raeff's collection The Jungle Around Us, awarded the 2015 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, is filled with exceptionally nuanced and poignant stories.


Him, Me, Muhammad Ali

Him, Me, Muhammad Ali by Randa Jarrar

The stories in Randa Jarrar's debut collection Him, Me, Muhammad Ali are inventive, lyrical, and marvelously diverse.


Swallowed by the Cold

Swallowed by the Cold by Jensen Beach

Jensen Beach's impressive story collection Swallowed by the Cold is one of the year's most rewarding (and unsettling) books.


The Unfinished World

The Unfinished World by Amber Sparks

The stories Amber Sparks new short fiction collection The Unfinished World are imaginative and richly told, fantastic in every sense of the word.


We Show What We Have Learned

We Show What We Have Learned by Clare Beams

Clare Beams' short story collection We Show What We Have Learned is an imaginative and often startling debut.


You May See a Stranger

You May See a Stranger by Paula Whyman

Paula Whyman's linked story collection You May See a Stranger masterfully follows the life of its protagonist, Miranda Weber.


also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2016" book lists

Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections 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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