Top Ten Tuesday: Short Story Collections by Women Writers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is: Short Story Collections

In creating this list, I realized that while I’ve read many short stories over the years, I haven’t read very many complete collections. I’ve decided to include five short story collections I’ve read and loved by women writers, and five I want to read.

Read and Loved:

The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

The Garden Party and Other Stories was my first introduction to the remarkable Katherine Mansfield, and I cannot wait to read more of her writing. I was blown away by her prose and succinct story-telling. This may just be the best short story collection I’ve ever read. I highly recommend giving her work a try.

The Persephone Book of Short Stories

This may be cheating a bit since I’ve only read a little over half of the collection, but I know this is going to go down as one of my favorites. I’ve really enjoyed dipping in and out of this book, and have enjoyed every single short story so far. I think it’s safe to say there isn’t a dud in the entire collection, and I’ve already discovered so many women writers I want to read more from.

Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer

As a Heyer lover, this was a delight to curl up with. There may not be anything surprising in Snowdrift and Other Stories, and several of the stories did feel a bit repetitive, but this collection was a lot of fun. Everything you know and enjoy about Georgette Heyer’s novels can be found here in bite-size form. I’m sure this will be a collection I return to when I need a regency romance fix but don’t want to invest in a full-length novel.

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

I still have vivid memories of reading The Lottery for the first time. It’s probably one of the most unforgettable short stories ever written, and Shirley Jackson was a master of her craft. I don’t remember very many of the other stories in this collection, so it sounds like the perfect excuse for a re-read.

Love and Friendship: And Other Youthful Writings by Jane Austen

Once I had devoured all six of Austen’s finished novels, I desperately sought out her other works. I remember really enjoying this collection of her juvenilia, and loved seeing the progression of her writing. I’m way overdue for a re-read of these early stories.

Want to Read:

 

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

I’ve heard nothing but wonderful praise for Flannery O’Connor’s writing. I’m very interested in discovering these Southern Gothic stories for myself.

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

Angela Carter seems to have been a strong influence on the works of so many of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to read her dark and gothic fairy tale retellings.

The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier

Considering she’s one of my favorite writers, it’s hard to believe I still haven’t read any of du Maurier’s short stories. That needs to change soon, and this collection seems like a great place to start. I’m especially curious to see the ways in which The Birds differs from its famous film adaptation.

Good Evening Mrs. Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes

I’ve heard great things about Mollie Panter-Downes and this short story collection in particular. I don’t think it’s possible to go wrong with a Persephone, and the wartime setting is right up my alley.

Moral Disorder and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood

I’m always ready to read more of Atwood’s writing, and Moral Disorder and Other Stories happens to be one of her works that is waiting on my shelves. I’m curious to see if I’ll enjoy her short stories as much as I have her novels.

 

Have you read any of these short story collections? 

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  1. Such a great list! I also love Daphne du Maurier but haven’t read any of her short stories and want to change that. I’ve read some of Atwood’s short stories but not Moral Disorder yet…hers are kind of hit or miss for me. Loved Shirley Jackson’s too, although same as you, The Lottery is the only one I can vividly recall. But I love her writing.

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully we’ll both enjoy du Maurier’s short stories when we get to them. I’ve heard the same thing about Atwood’s short stories being hit or miss, so I’m very curious to give them a try.

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  2. I love short story collections! I really need to get my hands on more of them. I love how you can pick them up every once in a while and you don’t need to remember everything that has already happened. I find it’s a really easy and pleasant reading experience, particularly because of my awful memory and incredibly slow reading pace.

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  3. What a great list! I loved Snowdrift too and I can recommend The Bloody Chamber, The Birds and Good Evening, Mrs Craven. I need to read more of Katherine Mansfield’s stories – I have read and enjoyed one of them, but not a whole collection.

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    1. Thanks, Helen! I’m very glad to hear you enjoyed The Bloody Chamber, The Birds, and Mrs. Craven. Hope you enjoy more of Katherine Mansfield’s work when you pick it up.

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  4. These all sound great — I’ve only read The Lottery, but I’ve read a lot of these authors. Now I feel like I should read Mansfield. I enjoyed Atwood’s recent collection, Stone Mattresses. Hope you enjoy this one!

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    1. Thank you! I’m also interested in Stone Mattresses, so glad to hear you enjoyed it. I’d highly, highly recommend Katherine Mansfield’s writings. I hope you’ll enjoy her work if you pick it up!

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  5. Great list! I read that Shirley Jackson collection, too. I mostly remember “The Lottery” because I’ve read that one a few times throughout my life. I’ve read The Complete Stories and Moral Disorder, too. They were okay. I still need to read The Birds. I hope we both like that one.

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    1. Thanks, Aj! The Lottery is definitely the most unforgettable IMHO, but I’d like to re-read her other short stories again soon. I hope we both enjoy The Birds too!!

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  6. Jessie, I really enjoyed du Maurier’s The Birds & Other Stories, even though it differs a lot from Hitchcock’s film, which I had watched first. I also enjoyed another of du Maurier’s short story collections: The Doll: The Lost Short Stories. Sadly I haven’t read anything else off your list, however I would definitely like to try The Lottery and Other Stories by the brilliant Shirley Jackson.

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