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Bookmark This: 35 Essential Short Story Collections

Flavorwire recently published their definitive list of the “35 Perfect Examples of the Art of The Short Story.” The feature includes an eclectic mix of classic choices like Anton Chekov and Ernest Hemingway and not-so-obvious newcomers like Kelly Lynch and Claire Vaye Watkins. Which short story collection do you think is missing from the list? Sound off below!

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Raymond Carver

"The book that launched a million blog posts titled 'What We Talk About…' (but don’t blame it for that, please), Raymond Carver’s 1981 book is one of the most important collections of the 20th century, complete with all the hard luck, bad relationships, and occasional death for which the author is known and, yes, loved.”

Who Do You Think You Are?, Alice Munro

"How do you pick just one book by the 2013 Nobel Prize winner who has made a career out of writing short fiction? A difficult task, no doubt, but this 1978 volume that uses one single character as the centerpiece and splinters out from there is a uniquely interesting — and successful — experiment in short fiction."

Check out the rest of the list here.