Short Stories: The Collected Edition | Wyatt’s World

Among the fine, newly released story collections of summer/fall are James McBride’s Five-Carat Soul, Josh Weil’s The Age of Perpetual Light, and Paul Yoon’s The Mountain. With such ripe conditions, it’s an ideal time to consider new anthologies of short fiction. Here are five worth noting and sharing.

  • The Best American Short Stories 2017; ed. by Meg Wolitzer, with series editor Heidi Pitlor (Houghton Harcourt).
    For this latest addition to the “Best American” series, novelist Wolitzer (The Interestings), accompanied by Pitlor (The Birthdays), has the honor of selecting the pieces that fans of this volume wait an entire year to read. With entries from T.C. Boyle, Emma Cline, Lauren Groff, Jai Chakrabarti, and many others.
  • Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores; ed. by Otto Penzler (Pegasus).
    Continuing the genre theme, this collection gathers whodunits set in bookish locales or using bookish motifs. Fittingly, among the contributors are best-selling authors such as Nelson DeMille, Anne Perry, C.J. Box, and Laura Lippman.
  • New Haven Noir; ed. by Amy Bloom (Akashic).
    Joining 12 others, including editor Bloom (Lucky Us), authors Stephen L. Carter, Roxana Robinson, and Michael Cunningham add to this compilation of edgy tales set in the hometown of Connecticut’s Yale University. The stories span eras and offer twists and odes to a genre that never gets old.
  • The New Voices of Fantasy; ed. by Peter S. Beagle & Jacob Weisman (Tachyon).
    For readers who are anticipating the end of HBO’s Game of Thrones and looking for new fantasy authors to follow, this 19-story-strong collection provides plenty to sample, introducing up-and-coming voices identified by the already famous Beagle (The Last Unicorn) and Weisman (The Treasury of the Fantastic).
  • The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017; ed. by Laura Furman (Anchor).
    This annual offering celebrates short fiction exhibiting extraordinary merit. Twenty writers made the grade in 2017, as selected by a jury of literary experts such as Elizabeth McCracken (Thunderstruck), David Bradley (The Chaneysville Incident), and Brad Watson (The Heaven of Mercury). The award is named after short story master William Sydney Porter yet highlights talents many might have missed.
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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

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