Come bedtime, after a full day at home with the tot, I’m often too exhausted to read more than a few pages before passing out on the pillow. This makes a novel slow going, and the thread of the plot easy to lose. What’s a reader like me to do? I’ve turned to graphic novels – I wrote about a few stand-outs last week – and short stories.
The short story’s time has come again, I think. With our attention spans torn asunder by the Internet, cable TV, smart phones, and, you know, life, many lack the drive to make it through an 800 page tome. Well, fear not – there’s a wealth of single-sitting-sized fiction out there to choose from, and don’t harbor any guilt about going short instead of long. There can be greater skill in telling a tight tale than in rambling on at length. (I’m a fan of 90 minute movies too. Why we need so many 2+ hour epic films these days is beyond me.)
With that in mind, here are 8 short story collections ranging in style that will entertain and enthrall, and that parents especially may find of interest. This is by no means a complete list – there are so many amazing collections out there! I started to get overwhelmed compiling this – just consider it a jumping off point.
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