A Few Favorite Short Stories

Lorrie Moore famously said that "a short story is a love affair." Since May is Short Story Month, we're taking the opportunity to look back on some of our literary love affairs, from the epistolary narrative "Belles Lettres" by Nafissa Thompson-Spires to the much-anthologized "Gryphon" by Charles Baxter. We hope you enjoy a few of our favorite works of short fiction.

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"Beautiful Girl" by Alice Adams
Recommended by Scott Hunter, fiction reader

Good Indian Girls by Ranbir Sidhu
Recommended by Sherine Gilmour, nonfiction reader

"Gryphon" by Charles Baxter
Recommended by Willard Cook, publisher

"The Four Seasons" by Mavis Gallant
Recommended by Jen Lue, board member

"Libertad" by Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez
Recommended by Carrie Conners, fiction reader

"The Boundary" by Jhumpa Lahiri
Recommended by Olga Breydo, fiction reader

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Recommended by Sherine Gilmour, nonfiction reader, and Scott Hunter, fiction reader

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