Short Stories Might Be Just What You Need

Finding it a little hard to concentrate? Now might be a great time to read or listen to short stories while you’re staying home and staying safe. Here are a few suggestions that you can download from Overdrive with your Fairfield Public Library card.


Title details for Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay - Available

By Paul Tremblay

“Tremblay’s (The Cabin at the End of the World, 2018) short story collection brilliantly takes ordinary situations—an author reading, an AP history class, a family vacation—and seamlessly sprinkles in a sense of unease that quickly builds to a sense of pure horror.” ~Booklist

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Title details for Full Throttle by Joe Hill - Available

By Joe Hill

“Hill returns to short stories where his terrifying genius most brightly shines. The stories that follow the heartfelt introduction, most of which were first printed elsewhere, including one previously only available on LP, incorporate tropes of psychological suspense, science fiction, dark fantasy, and of course horror… Several stories, including one written with Hill’s father, Stephen King, are in development for TV and Netflix.” ~Booklist
*Staff Favorite!

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Title details for Florida by Lauren Groff - Available

By Lauren Groff

“In 11 electric short stories, the gifted Groff unpacks the “dread and heat” of her home state. In her first fiction since President Barack Obama named Fates and Furies his favorite book of the year, Groff collects her singing, stinging stories of foreboding and strangeness in the Sunshine State.” ~Kirkus

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Title details for Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann - Available

By Colum McCann

“This collection by McCann, winner of the National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin, features one novella and three stories depicting people experiencing drastic life changes… McCann’s first story collection in 12 years marks his triumphant return to the genre. Luminescent prose and finely rendered characters create a spell readers will be reluctant to shake.” ~Library Journal

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Title details for You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon - Available

By Siobhan Fallon

“The crucial role of military wives becomes clear in Fallon’s powerful, resonant debut collection, where the women are linked by absence and a pervading fear that they’ll become war widows.” ~Publisher’s Weekly
*Staff Favorite!

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Title details for The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora - Available

By Lauren Acampora

“The dark underside of picture-perfect suburban life is familiar territory in American fiction, but Acampora brings fresh insight to the theme in this debut collection, offering short stories that connect various residents in an upscale Connecticut town.” ~Library Journal

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Title details for Dear Life by Alice Munro - Available

By Alice Munro

“Every new collection from the incomparable Munro, winner of the Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work, is cause for celebration. This new volume offers all the more reason to celebrate as it ends with four stories the author claims are the most autobiographical she has written…Read this collection and cherish it for dear life.” ~Library Journal

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Title details for Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks - Available

By Tom Hanks

“Academy Award winner Hanks gives readers a wide variety of stories in this first collection. His characters run the gamut; old and young, rich and poor, male and female, serious and funny. He writes like someone who has paid attention to humans in their many guises… Hanks’s stories evoke dreams and flights of imagination that everyone has experienced, making the “what ifs” of life tangible. Highly recommended, and not just for the actor’s many fans.” ~Library Journal

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