The Oxford Book of American Short Stories – Edited by Joyce Carol Oates

This was an excellent selection of American short stories. A few I had read before, but for the most part the authors were unknown to me. Ever actually read the story of “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving? It’s in the book, as well as stories by Poe, Hemingway, Twain and other well-known authors. But the best part was finding historically important authors I had never heard of before.

There were a few stories that did nothing for me, but so what? It’s a short story. I can waste the time. Some stories had more impact than others. Some seemed more personally relevant. Some were interesting because they were about things beyond my personal experience. This is what makes a collection like this worth reading, and it is. It’s not a short book, but it is obviously easily read in bits and pieces.

Finished 6/14/19