5 short stories

Top Five Short Story Reads from July 2016

Another month of discovering several outstanding, well-crafted short stories by inspiring writers. This month, there is also an excellent audio story (performed with well-timed humor and style, as you will see) and a flash fiction piece. The featured authors come from India, South Africa, and the US: Mahasweta Devi, Lidudumalingani, Oindrila Mukherjee, William Goyen, and Reem Abu-Baker. And, there is a brief short story how-to by Joy Williams as only she can tell it. Enjoy.


Doris Lessing (RIP): Author, Visionary, Free Spirit

Doris Lessing, a literary lioness, died on the 17th of November (yesterday) at age 94. Known for her strong, independent female characters, she was branded a feminist — a term she wasn't particularly fond of because it pigeonholed her as an author when she wrote about many other themes like racism, colonialism, independence, sex, etc. She wasn't perfect, having abandoned her marriage and children to pursue a free life, controversially speaking out about communism, 9/11, etc. But her fierce intelligence and her prolific authorial output won her many admirers among both her fellow writers and generations of readers.