If you’ve been meaning to take on some leisure reading, but haven’t had the time to finish a novel, we’ve rounded up a list of five short story collections by local and international authors for some quick escapism.
Roar by Cecelia Ahern
An anthology of 30 stories in celebration of all things weird and wonderful about women.
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
A witty, literary and intellectual masterpiece touching on themes like depression, solipsism, community, and self-consciousness.
Intruders by Mohale Mashingo
Written by Mohale, a local female author, is a great collection exploring the feeling of not-belonging, struggle, and change.
After the Quake by Haruki Marukami
Six stories set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake in Japan, delving into the upheaval of the tragedy and the consciousness of the Japanese nation at the time.
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A captivating collection of 12 short stories focusing on the lives and experiences of Nigerian women; touching on topics like tragedy, violence, relationships, loneliness, and displacement.
Compiled by Features Writer Savanna Douglas