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Short Stories

Heather Wingfield
Librarian, Beaumont Branch

I lead a busy life. I often don’t have the time to sit down and read several chapters of a novel, and it might be weeks before I pick up the book again.  For me short stories are great, because I can read one story, and don’t have to worry about remembering which character did what the next time I have a few minutes to read.   I also love using short story anthologies to find new authors without committing to a whole novel.

The books on this list are all over the place, from 1940’s  “women’s fiction” to  modern fairy tales, science fiction and surrealism.

by Gibbons, Stella

Length: xvii, 298 p. ;


Publisher: Penguin Books, New York : 2011.

Length: xxxi, 543 p. ;


Publisher: Penguin Books, New York : 2010.

by Gaiman, Neil.

Length: xxxi, 360 p. ;


Publisher: William Morrow, New York : 2006.

by Atwood, Margaret

Length: viii, 164 p. ;


Publisher: Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, New York : 1994.

by Byatt, A. S.

Length: 240 p. ;


Publisher: Knopf : New York : 2004.

by Russell, Karen

Length: 246 p. ;


Publisher: Knopf, New York : 2006.

by Moore, Lorrie.

Length: 291 p. ;


Publisher: Picador, New York : 1999.

by Le Guin, Ursula K.

Length: xiii, 362 p. ;


Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, NY : c2002.

by Link, Kelly.

Length: 272 p. :


Publisher: Small Beer Press : Northhampton, MA : c2005.

by Carter, Angela

Length: 162 p. ;


Publisher: Penguin Books, New York : 2011, c1979.