Now, we know that years of law school followed by constantly being drowned in briefs, contractual provisions, and reams of other documents can all but kill a lawyer’s love of reading.
Not to mention, who has the time? But even the lawyer life can’t keep a fiction-lover down, so why not read (or listen to) a short story when you can grab some time to yourself? Commuting to and from work, while eating lunch, or during your morning jog—there are plenty of opportunities to read if you’re just trying to get through a snippet of a story rather than a 500-page novel.
Here, we provide a few short-story collection suggestions for the readers among you—there’s a genre for just about everyone. All these short story collections are available through Kindle and/or Audible as well as in physical form.
This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz
This second short-story collection from the much-talked-about author contains nine interlinked stories predominantly covering stories of male infidelity. Other themes include the immigrant experience and rising above the harmful parts of cultural beliefs. Díaz is known for his creative, accessible, entertaining prose style.
Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado
Machado’s short-story collection bends itself around many genres, from science fiction to comedy, from horror to psychological fiction, to just some original, interesting writing. These female-led stories expand the possibilities within contemporary fiction—Machado even includes a story that reimagines episode after episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, Stephen King
Look: You know that Stephen King has been writing like a maniac for decades, and not only has he written countless novels, but also several short story collections. Here are just two of them, published in 1978 and 1985, respectively. You’ll recognize classics in each one that were either made into full movies or as part of the Creepshow horror anthology films—Children of the Corn, The Mist, Sometimes They Come Back, etc. It’s Stephen King, so you know the drill—don’t read these at night when you’re all alone!
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi
This is British novelist and playwright Helen Oyeyemi’s first short-story collection, and it doesn’t disappoint. Weaving contemporary fiction together with fairytale, the award-winning stories all contain some connection to locks and keys, whether literally or figuratively. Oyeyemi’s writing is described as “dreamy,” “wholly original,” and “delightful.”
The Acid House, Irvine Welsh
If you’re not sure who Irvine Welsh is, he’s the guy who wrote Trainspotting (and other novels, and screenplays, and who directed some film shorts). Welsh is known for writing characters who speak in a strong Scottish dialect and are often involved in shocking, gritty activities. Always raw, often disturbing and hilarious, Welsh is an original writer whose work is not for the prudish or the faint of heart.