As I’ve stated before, I am currently in college majoring in English and in this last semester, I took a couple short story classes, so I thought it’d be fun to share with all you the wonderful short stories I have read all throughout the class that I have loved or just purely enjoyed.
**Disclaimer** Views, thoughts, and opinions are solely my own. They’re just my own opinions, as you are entitled to your own, regardless if I like the stories or not, I still would like to know your own thoughts about the books too! So please feel free to leave a comment or contact me and let me know!
Short Stories (in no particular order):
One More Thing by Raymond Carver
This story is about a mother who arrives home while hearing a heated argument between her teen daughter and her drunken husband.
A Father by Bharati Mukherjee
Mr. Bhomick is a very religious man and discovers her daughter is pregnant and this story leads until the truth about it comes about.
Tiny, Smiling Daddy by Mary Gaitskill
This is about a woman in her twenties who writes an article about her relationship with her father. This is told by her father’s perspective and he talks about the tension in their relationship.
In the Shadow of War by Ben Okri
This really descriptive story tells the story of a boy who has been shielded by war, who is suddenly sees everything war is.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This is mostly told through the third person narrative about Janie’s life starting when she’s sixteen until she’s in her old age. It follows her journey of her following her horizons.
Trifles by Susan Glaspell
This is actually a play, but there is a short story of it called, “Jury of Her Peers”, and I have also read that version. This is a story of a woman about to be on trial for killing her husband, but it talks through different characters other than the woman, about different things around her household looking for evidence.
Recitatif by Toni Morrison
Two girls enter a foster home because their mothers cannot take care of them anymore. It follows through didn’t periods of their life meeting each other after so much time has passed, and talking about the girl that they cannot forget from the home.
On Monday of Last Week by Chimamanda Adichie
This is a story from the authors novel, The Thing Around Your Neck, and in this story, the Nigerian woman takes care of an American child while the husband/father is out working.
Mr. Tang’s Girls by Shirley Geok-Lin Lim
This is the story about Mr. Tang being annoyed of one of his daughters to the point where he sets up an arranged marriage for her to get her away from him.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost