The Best American Short Stories 2012 (Houghton Harcourt. ISBN 9780547242101), as selected by Tom Perrotta, has just been published and with it comes a reminder that the shorter forms of fiction offer lengthy rewards. Here are five recent collections that prove the point.
- This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
(Riverhead: Penguin Group)
- Astray by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown)
- Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman (Scribner)
- Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro (Knopf)
- Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins (Riverhead)