Why Read Short Stories?

Merriam-Webster defines a short story as a brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose. When you are browsing the shelves at the library that look like they are ready to snap under the weight of the latest novel by Franzen or Tartt, you can’t help but think about how many weeks or months it will take you to get through all those pages. Give yourself a break and reach for a short story.

At JML, we have three new short story collections.  Bark, by Lorrie Moore is a collection of stories by one of America’s most admired writers. In these eight stories, Ms. Moore explores the passage of time. Phil Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Can’t and Won’t, by Lydia Davis is a collection of stories from the woman who has been called the best prose stylist in America. Davis writes with candor and humor about the predictable patterns of daily life.

Short stories are like a little novel wrapped up in as few words as possible. See for yourself.