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May is Short Sto­ry Month! In cel­e­bra­tion of this, the JBC team is rec­om­mend­ing some of their favorite short sto­ry col­lec­tions. You can find more short sto­ry col­lec­tions here.

Frankly Fem­i­nist edit­ed by Yona Zeld­is McDo­nough and Susan Wei­d­man Schneider

In Judaism, women’s voic­es have not always been ampli­fied… When their voic­es have been includ­ed, only those deemed​‘accept­able’ are high­light­ed. And too often, these voic­es start to echo each oth­er in homo­gene­ity. Not so in Frankly Fem­i­nist, which is a col­lec­tion of short sto­ries pub­lished in Lilith mag­a­zine since 1976.” ‑Jaime Herndon

Fly Already by Etgar Keret

The sto­ries in Fly Already share just this: human expe­ri­ences — some­times inti­mate, embar­rass­ing, whim­si­cal, and cyn­i­cal, but always gen­uine accounts of var­i­ous expres­sions of the human con­di­tion.” ‑Sasha Tamar Strelitz

Oy, Caram­ba!: An Anthol­o­gy of Jew­ish Sto­ries from Latin Amer­i­ca edit­ed by Ilan Stavans

Sta­vans’ intro­duc­tion alone, plac­ing each writer in their his­tor­i­cal and geo­graph­i­cal con­text, makes the anthol­o­gy a crit­i­cal source­book. But the sto­ries them­selves demon­strate a range of vital­i­ty and pow­er that is tru­ly eye-open­ing.” ‑Josh Hanft

Jew­ish Noir: Con­tem­po­rary Tales of Crime and Oth­er Dark Deeds edit­ed by Ken­neth Wishnia

Thir­­ty-two sto­ries by thir­­ty-two writ­ers, all acclaimed for their tal­ents, makes this a very desir­able book for the lover of noir in all its fas­ci­nat­ing vari­eties.” ‑Miri­am Brad­man Abrahams

The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land: Sto­ries by Omer Friedlander

In his debut short sto­ry col­lec­tion, Omer Fried­lan­der probes Israeli soci­ety through the lens of the man­i­fold peo­ple who inhab­it it.” ‑Ariel­la Carmell

Sarahland by Sam Cohen

Sarahland is at once provoca­tive, heart­break­ing, fun­ny, and fan­tas­ti­cal. It may cohere around a lit­er­ary con­ceit, but as a col­lec­tion it maps new ter­rain and hails an extra­or­di­nary voice in Jew­ish and queer lit­er­a­ture.” ‑Julie R. Enszer

I’d Like to Say Sor­ry, but There’s No One to Say Sor­ry To: Sto­ries by Mikołaj Gryn­berg, tran­lat­ed by Sean Gasper Bye

Gryn­berg spent years inter­view­ing Pol­ish Jews for his pre­vi­ous three works of non­fic­tion, and in I’d Like to Say Sor­ry, but There’s No One to Say Sor­ry To, he dis­tills the essence of the sto­ries peo­ple have left in his safe­keep­ing.” ‑Basia Winograd

The Best Place on Earth: Sto­ries by Ayelet Tsabari

Imbu­ing the dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances and real­i­ties of Israeli (and expat) life with the soft­en­ing sweet­ness of its details, Tsabari imparts a yearn­ing for home that res­onates across the globe.” ‑Nat Bernstein

Wild Milk: Sto­ries by Sab­ri­na Orah Mark

In this col­lec­tion of sur­re­al sto­ries, famil­iar Jew­ish nar­ra­tives — involv­ing rab­bis, ward­ing off the ayin hara, the Holo­caust, and the receiv­ing of the com­mand­ments — are reex­am­ined through unex­pect­ed lens­es: social media, children’s songs, Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, a pre­tend film.” ‑Alli­son Pitinii Davis

Ladies’ Lunch: And Oth­er Sto­ries by Lore Segal

Beloved New York­er writer Lore Segal, at nine­ty-five-years-old, is a nation­al trea­sure. Work­ing at the height of her pow­ers, in this sto­ry col­lec­tion she turns her gim­let eye and com­pas­sion­ate humor on aging and life in the slow lane.”

Bonus rec­om­men­da­tion! 

The sev­enth issue of Paper Brigade fea­tures short fic­tion by Scott Nadel­son and Adam Schorin — along­side arti­cles, poet­ry, art, and pho­tog­ra­phy — and is the per­fect Short Sto­ry Month treat! 

Simona is the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s man­ag­ing edi­tor of dig­i­tal con­tent and mar­ket­ing. She grad­u­at­ed from Sarah Lawrence Col­lege with a con­cen­tra­tion in Eng­lish and His­to­ry and stud­ied abroad in India and Eng­land. Pri­or to the JBC she worked at Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press. Her writ­ing has been fea­tured in LilithThe Nor­mal School, Dig­ging through the Fat, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. She holds an MFA in fic­tion from The New School.