The Reference Desk at TFPL

Take 10: Short Stories for the Shortest Day of the Year

It’s the winter solstice today, which (finally) means that the days will start to lengthen from this point until June 21. With this being the shortest day of the year, then, it’s a good excuse to hibernate a little with a good book. And what’s more appropriate on the shortest day than to read a book of short stories? Here are a few we recommend from 2016/2017:


The Best Place on Earth – Ayelet Tsabari

Children of the New World – Alexander Weinstein

Bad Dreams and Other Stories – Tessa Hadley


An Unrestored Woman – Shobha Rao

The Virginity of Famous Men – Christine Sneed

Homesick for Another World – Ottessa Moshfegh


Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado

The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen

What Is Yours Is Not Yours – Helen Oyeyemi


For a Little While – Rick Bass

In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper – edited by Lawrence Block

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah


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