Short Story Collections

Being short on time doesn’t mean you will be short on quality with these amazing collections. War, relationships, family, immigration, memory, travel, and more.


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. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction. Winner of the John Leonard First Book Prize. Selected as one of the best books of the year by”The New York Times Book Review,” “Time,” “Newsweek,” “The Washington Post Book World,” Amazon, and more

Discussion Guide: http://www.penguin.com/read/book-clubs/redeployment/9781611764536


These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life. Here they enter the worlds of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers. Rich with the signature gifts that have established Jhumpa Lahiri as one of our most essential writers, Unaccustomed Earth exquisitely renders the most intricate workings of the heart and mind.

Discussion Guide: http://www.randomhouse.com/kvpa/jhumpalahiri/readingguide.php

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In the wise and beautiful second collection from the acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 “New York Times” bestselling author of “All the Light We Cannot See,” “Doerr writes about the big questions, the imponderables, the major metaphysical dreads, and he does it fearlessly” (“The New York Times Book Review”).
Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr’s new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.

Every story in “Memory Wall” is a reminder of the grandeur of life–of the mysterious beauty of seeds, of fossils, of sturgeon, of clouds, of radios, of leaves, of the breathtaking fortune of living in this universe. Doerr’s language, his witness, his imagination, and his humanity are unparalleled in fiction today.

Discussion Guide: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Memory-Wall/Anthony-Doerr/9781439182840/reading_group_guide

 

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Through fiction of dazzling skill and astonishing emotional force, Siobhan Fallon welcomes readers into the American army base at Fort Hood, Texas, where U.S. soldiers prepare to fight, and where their families are left to cope after the men are gone. They’ll meet a wife who discovers unsettling secrets when she hacks into her husband’s email, and a teenager who disappears as her mother fights cancer. There is the foreign born wife who has tongues wagging over her late hours, and the military intelligence officer who plans a covert mission against his own home.

Powerful, singular, and unforgettable, these stories will resonate deeply with readers and mark the debut of a new talent of tremendous note.

Discussion Guide: http://siobhanfallon.com/guide.html

 

 

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Christine Thomas Alderman

Writer, reader, educator. Read with me here and follow my writing journey at www.facebook.com/christinethomasaldermanauthor

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