I recently finished revisions to a novel I’ve been working on for years and have embarked on writing a new novel, in stories, Hazel Conquers the World. I’ve always loved the form and these are some favorites and masterful examples of the very specific craft of making each story stand alone and in service to the whole.
- A Taste of Honey: Stories by Jabari Asim
Sometimes I think everything I need to know about writing can be found by reading and re-reading Jabari’s books.
- Rhoda by Ellen Gilchrist
A perfect character study.
- Blueprints for Building Better Girls by Elissa Schappell
No one writes girls better.
- Monkeys by Susan Minot
The best example of a novel in stories I know.
- Our Kind by Kate Walbert
- Once the Shore by Paul Yoon
- Circus in Winter by Cathy Day
Cathy’s attention to small details make this a big book.
- Mother of Sorrows by Richard McCann
- Normal People Don’t Live Like This by Dylan Landis
Generous and open—like it’s author.
- Cities I’ve Never Lived In by Sara Majka
- Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber
A triumph of story and taut writing.
- The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat
- Girl Trouble by Holly Goddard Jones
I can’t stop thinking about this book—long after reading.
- Local Souls by Allan Gurganus
An immediate classic of the form.
- The State We’re In: Maine Stories by Ann Beattie
A short-story writer’s writer—she is one of the reasons I’m a writer.
- Barefoot Dogs: Stories by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
Fresh, exciting, inventive.
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