Individual stories are unique, like a single stem in an English Garden, but when combined with flowers unlike themselves, their power to amaze increases.
Lately, I came across a list of linked story collections, some familiar friends and others new acquaintances. For those who love linked stories as much as I do, here’s an expanded list including some of my favorites.
Please add a comment about your favorite linked story collections and check back for new titles.
Recognizing a contemporary model in story collections, The New York Times (October 4, 2015) listed five story collections linked by theme rather than characters.
Starred (*) books suggested by friends. Thank you all so much!
- All That Man Is by David Szalay – Stories about nine men in different phases of life
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan Winner – 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
- Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
- Criminals: Love Stories by Valerie Trueblood “Each of the fifteen stories asks two defining questions: What kind of love story is this? as well as, Who here is exactly what kind of criminal?”
- Egg Heaven by Robin Parks
- * Ellen In Pieces by Caroline Adderson
- * How Like an Angel by Jack Driscoll
- * I Sailed with Magellan by Stuart Dybek
- * Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories by Joan Silber
- In Case We’re Separated by Alice Mattison
- Late Lights by Kara Weiss
- * Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
- * Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
- * Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson
- Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout Winner – 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and a 2014 mini-series staring Francis McDormand
- * Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls by Susanna Solomon
- Refund by Karen Bender “Money. Who has it. Who doesn’t. How you get it. How you don’t.”
- Send Me by Patrick RyanPatrick Ryan is editor of One Teen Story and an editor-at-large for One Story.
- Snowblind – Tales of Alpine Obsession by Daniel Arnold Stories of the men and women whose lives are defined by the call of the mountain.
- The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis
- The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
- This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
- Turtleface and Beyond by Arthur Bradford
- What Happened Here by Bonnie Zobell – Novella “What Happened Here” Winner – 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
- Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson – Considered the grandfather of the linked story genre.