Tiny Gems: Fall’s Short Stories | Wyatt’s World

September and October are big months for short stories; the annual Best American Short Stories anthology appears, edited this year by T.C. Boyle, and both Anthony Marra and Colum McCann have collections on the way. Here are five more choices.

  • Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo motherstell100215Campbell (Norton, Oct.).
    Working-class protagonists, female perspectives, and a raw-edged sensibility combine in Campbell’s strongly achieved tales.
  • Half an Inch of Water by Percival Everett (Graywolf).
    These Western-set adventures follow ordinary characters whose lives get caught in a sudden turn of the extraordinary.
  • It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides by Jessica Lee Richardson (Univ. of Alabama).
    Winner of the Fiction Collective Two (FC2) Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, this debut collection wanders across the globe, detailing quirky and innovative stories.
  • 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories ed. by Lorrie Moore & Heidi Pitlor (Houghton Harcourt, Oct.).
    In honor of the “Best American” series’ 100-year publishing milestone, Moore picks 40 standout works that have appeared in previous editions. Celebrated names abound.
  • The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams (Knopf).
    A master of the short form, Williams offers her first collection in over a decade. Expect new pieces and selected highlights from a dazzlingly talented writer.
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net