10 Book of Short Stories From 2011 That I Want to Read

2011 Anthologies

I love short story collections and there have quite a few published this year (2011 - and 2 from 2010) that I've been keeping my eye on.

Corsets and ClockworkAfter the Apocalypse

Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances, Trisha Telep. Dark, urban fantasies come to life. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements.

After the Apocalypse, Maureen F. McHugh. These stories are post-bird flu, in the middle of medical trials, wondering if our computers are smarter than us, wondering when our jobs are going to be outsourced overseas, wondering if we are who we say we are, and not sure what we'd do to survive the coming zombie plague.

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool SelfYou are Free

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, Danielle Evans. 2011 winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to literature by African American writers.
In each of her stories, Danielle Evans explores the lives of young black people in contemporary America.

You Are Free: Stories, Danzy Senna. Each of these eight remarkable stories by Danzy Senna tightrope-walks tantalizingly, sometimes frighteningly, between defined states: life with and without mates and children, the familiar if constraining reference points provided by race, class, and gender. Tensions arise between a biracial couple when their son is admitted to the private school where they'd applied on a lark. A new mother hosts an old friend, still single, and discovers how each of them pities-and envies- the other. A young woman responds to an adoptee in search of her birth mother, knowing it is not she.

Outlaw AlbumEmpty Family Stories

The Outlaw Album: Stories, Daniel Woodrell. Desperation, both material and psychological, motivate the characters in these stories. A husband cruelly avenges the murder of his wife's pet; an injured rapist is cared for by a young girl, until she reaches her breaking point; a disturbed veteran of Iraq is murdered for his erratic behavior; an outsider's house is set on fire by an angry neighbor.

The Empty Family, Colm Toibin. The stories, set in Dublin, Barcelona, and America, all capture moments of difficult intimacy: the desire, pain, and loss between men and women, men and men, men and their mothers and grandmothers, and women and their families.

We OthersOrientation

We Others: New and Selected Stories, Steven Millhauser. The stories gathered here unfurl in settings as disparate as nineteenth-century Vienna, a contemporary Connecticut town, the corridors of a monstrous museum, and Thomas Edison's laboratory, and they are inhabited by a wide-ranging cast of characters, including a knife thrower and teenage boys, ghosts and a cartoon cat and mouse.

Orientation and Other Family Stories, Daniel Orozco. Daily routines keep the world running, but when people are pushed - by a coworker's taunt, a face-to-face encounter with a woman in free fall from a bridge - cracks appear, revealing alienation, casual cruelty, madness, and above all a simultaneous hunger for and fear of the unknown.

Teeth: Vampire TalesMonsters Corner

Teeth: Vampire Tales, Ellen Datlow. There is a mixture of many different vampire stories in one book. Most of the stories are based off of legends from many cultures, while others are just the author's view of what a vampire is like in his/her mind.

The Monster's Corner: Stories Through Inhuman Eyes, Christopher Golden. An all original anthology featuring stories of monster's from the monster's point of view.

*** Update: I Eat Short Stories {Finishing the 2011 List} ***

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Lah | October 27, 2011 1:14 PM | Reply

Ah, these look pretty cool. I think I'd be into ESPECIALLY the Outlaw album!

Lah @ LazyGirl Reads

Bonnie Jacobs | November 3, 2011 12:25 PM | Reply

I don't usually read short stories, but I can tell you that Colm Toibin is a very good writer. I read his novel entitled The Blackwater Lightship and reviewed it here:

Tanya Patrice | November 3, 2011 1:51 PM | Reply

Thanks for the recommendation Bonnie :-)

Vasilly | December 26, 2011 9:24 PM | Reply

I love short stories but I haven't read any collections this year. I did read a ton of short stories from Tor.com though. Bonnie's right about Colm Tolbin's The Blackwater Lightship. I read that book years ago and can still remember scenes from it.

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