Enduring Short Story Collections

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Pond Mountain Tales
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Edgar “Ed” Gentle has worked as attorney in Alabama for the last 25 years. An avid reader of both modern and classic fiction, Ed Gentle is also a published author, having composed the short story collection “Pond Mountain Tales“.

Countless short story collections have gone on to enjoy both critical and commercial success. Raymond Carver has long been lauded as a master of short fiction, most notably for his 1976 collection, “Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?”. Stories from the collection, such as “Fat” and “Are You a Doctor?” endure in English literature classes more than four decades later. During the release of the collection, critics of the day even shortlisted the collection for the National Book Award.

More recently, author George Saunders established himself as one of the most respected modern short story writers. Saunders enjoyed considerable critical acclaim for early collections, such as “Pastoralia” and “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline”, while his 2013 book “Tenth of December” was heralded by both The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. The Times went so far as to call the collection the year’s best book.

Other popular and important collections of short fiction include “Runaway” by Alice Munro, “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri, and “The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor”.