This month, Kim recommends two diverse short story collections.
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie
Kim says: “I often have a volume of short stories available on my nightstand. Both of these offer concise, intense portraits of the American life. This is How you Lose Her follows a recurring Diaz character, Yunior, a Dominican-American living in and around New Jersey. The stories are raw, sprinkled with slang and Spanish. I read every story within a day or two of picking up the book. A different American experience is found in Alexie’s new compilation of stories about Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. This volume contains fascinating characters and insights into a world not easily experienced here in Chicagoland.”
Want to read more short stories of other cultures? Check out this anthology of short stories edited by Daniel Halpern entitled The Art of the Story. The collection includes seventy-eight contributors from thirty-five countries. Some are rarely translated stories. Pick it up and read a few, or the whole thing!