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A short story every Sunday is such a great idea! I love to read short stories, and I have many collections in my TBR to read...I was looking at them for Short Story Month in May, but I like how you plan to spread it out over the year. For the record, Alice Munro is one of my very favorite writers. I hope you enjoy!


I didn't realize there had been a short story month--that sounds like fun as well. Reading a story a week works well for me--not too overwhelming and I like a nice variety of stories. I hope this works out as well as when I did it several years ago. And I can easily see why Alice Munro is a favorite! I'm already looking forward to a new story next week!


I received the Persephone Book of Short Stories from my sister at Christmas. I can't wait to get started on it.


I do hope to read at least one collection of short stories this year as I have Ralph Ellison's Flying Home and Other Stories on my shelf and it is whispering 'read me' for quite a while already. Have you ever read him Danielle?


Oh this sounds excellent and so does the whole project. I just got a subscription from Tin House and will maybe also subscribe to THe London Magazine. The first story in the winter Tin House edition I've read is by Millhauser. Very promising. I also have a collection they edited a year ago - Fantastic Women.

Margaret @ BooksPlease

I have this book too. I've read a couple of the stories and then put the book to one side to read later. Of course, I forgot about it! It's such a good idea to read one a week - I might give it a go too.


Off to a good start! I had to chuckle over the gap between what Edna imagined the job would be like and the actuality of it. So true in real life too. It sounds like a sweet story.


Hope you get a chance to include some Flannery O'Connor in there as well. This is such a fine idea, I might borrow it from you.


Sounds like a good start to your short story reading. I just got my first catalog and Persephone Biannually and am slowly making my way through them, savoring everything about them. I don't own any Persephones, and I'm torn between spending the extra money for their beautiful hardcover editions or buying the cheaper PB copies. Not that I'm buying any more books anytime soon...

Liz F

I like the idea of having a Short Story Sunday! Although I haven't got the Persephone book, I bought the collection of Elizabeth Taylor's stories with a gift card I got for Christmas and I already own an embarrasment of riches in terms of collections of short stories including Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Mansfield, William Trevor and Eudora Welty.
All I have to do now is choose where to start although I think that I might have to make it a Short Story Saturday too or I will never get through them! Collected short stories are great but the downside is that they are all quite sizeable books so not exactly suitable to carry around.


It's a lovely book, isn't it? I'm glad I splurged on it and it's a chunky one, too, so you feel like you're really getting value for your money. If I read just one story a week I'll get through it eventually, though it will be somewhat slow going. That's okay--no rush really.


I have not read Ralph Ellison--not sure I even have any of his books, but I will have to check. I am sure the library has his books so I will at least check out what we have and take a look at him. I have loads of short story collections--I am really spoiled for choice. And I am going to properly get to the lovely Penguin you sent me--the Eudora Welty story, which I began in the summer but then set aside as I wanted to read it in one go!


I once subscribed to Tin House--I think I would appreciate it now more than I did then since I read far more short stories. I wonder if I even still have the issues, since they are nice enough to keep and reread (I bet I recycled them at some piont). I'm not familiar with the London Magazine--will have a look, but I bet the postage would be too much for me to indulge in another magazine (when I am already so slow to read what I do order), but I like the sound of it. I hope I'll manage to keep up with the stories--at the moment they sound so appealing so will read as long as I'm enjoying the project.


The nice thing about story collections is you can easily pick them up and set them aside and not lose the thread since each is complete in its own. I think I'll continue on with the collection, though I may not write about each and every story--I have so many collections to choose from its hard to decide each week which story to choose.


It is a sweet though sad story--I really liked it. Now I want to read more of her work and I know I have one of her novels that Persephone Books published--handy that! :)


I think I will. I am not sure if I have ready *anything* by Flannery O'Connor--how awful is that?! Please feel free to borrow the idea--it would be great to have some reading company as a matter of fact!


Isn't it nice just having the catalog to drool over and read about the different books? I've not bought any new Persephones for a while (other than this story collection which I knew I was going to read this year). The Biannuallys are really nice, too, and have lots to look at and read (and you get a free bookmark!).


I have the same Elizabeth Taylor collection but forgot to mention it here. I will hopefully read a few from it as well. If I start now and just take my time with this one and that I can read them over the course of th year. William Trevor is someone I'd like to read more of as well--I am not sure if I have any of his story collections, though--I know I have a few of his novels. Let me know if you read anything especially good and I will look for it, too!


A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell is an incredible short story. It is based on a real life murder and has a twist at the end. Needless to say the men have one conclusion about what happened and the women a very different view. It is considered an early work of feminist literature.


What a wonderful endeavor, Danielle; a good project to fill your Sundays and a bonus for your blog readers to hear about them. I'd love to own this Persephone book of short stories, but, as I'm not likely to, I will look forward to some of your posts of the stories within.


That sounds really good. I'm not sure if I have it in any of my collections at home but I will look for it in the library. Elaine Showalter used the title for her book, too, on women writers.


I think a number of the stories can be found in other collections, too. Katherine Mansfield will surely be in other books, and there is a story by Edith Wharton that I actually read elsewhere, too. If I end up reading the book straight through and writing about all the stories maybe you can pick and choose from those that sound most interesting and see if you can find them in another collection. I'm looking forward to this--I have really fallen for short stories!


This certainly makes me keen to read then novel by Susan Glaspell that Persephone publish (and whose title now escapes me). I love the sound of that short story - very bittersweet!


What a wonderful idea. I'd long been claiming that I loved short fiction best--but in 2012, I read one collection, didn't even finish that, also it sucked. So: Identity crisis.

I'm going to take a page from your book and start reading the collections that have been languishing in my bookshelves: Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Lorrie Moore, Ann Beattie--basically, the Greats that I've been ignoring. Also: I loved du Maurier's Don't Look Now-I want to start on her The Doll this year!


I saw today that there is an e-format of the London Magazine. 4 $ or so. There are only two short stories per issue and a lot of essays.


I have Glaspell's Brook Evans (had to look it up--the title escaped me, too!), though I think maybe they published another book by her as well? I was very impressed by this story--it bodes well for her novel--and I hope to read many more Persephones this year, so maybe I'll get in Brook Evans, too!


I think Daphne du Maurier is a marvelous short story writer--I've read quite a few of them including a number of the stories published in the collection, The Doll. If you can get your hands on the collection that NYRB issued--I can highly recommend it--it contains many of her best and most famous stories. I think The Doll has a number of her earlier stories. And I am with you in terms of wanting to read those authors you mention who are known as exemplary short story writers. I've read Munro and think she's excellent--but I have only read a very few by Raymond Carver and none at all that I can think of by Lorrie Moore or Ann Beattie (I think she has published quite a few in the New Yorker? And I love the sorts of stories they publish so will have to keep her in mind next time I am on a book buying binge!). Do let me know if you come across an especially good collection! (And am curious which collection you read last year that you didn't like?).


William Trevor is a master of short stories and has written a lot - the Complete collection that I have is absolutely huge so not one to carry around!
A lot of his stories are set in Ireland and echo Elizabeth Bowen's about the fading away of the old Protestant Anglo Irish gentry following the aftermath of the Irish Civil War in the 1920's.

I know that Penguin have done a couple of compilations of his stories so if you get chance to have a look at one, do.


I checked on Amazon US and we can only get paper copies here (no doubt licensing restrictions!), and it is pretty pricey. I wonder if I can get access through any online databases through my university--will have to at least look--we don't subscribe to it, but we often get access to loads of really good periodicals and I should really take advantage of reading some of them (though most are more scholarly for me, but there are some just straightforward literary magazines like The Paris Review....don't think we get Tin House either--but I think that would be much cheaper for me)---not that I *need* any more reading material!


Hah--just looked--we stopped subscribing to the London Magazine in 1989! It figures. Maybe it would be worth looking at old copies if there are good short stories in them. No Tin House, though.

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