A great short story is like a brief flash of light, illuminating pivotal experiences and emotions in its characters’ lives and giving readers a glimpse into another reality. When you lack time and attention or are trying to discover new authors, short stories can also be more manageable, bite-size pieces of reading.
Check out the following short story collections, all written by Black authors from diverse backgrounds and genres. Some are realistic and firmly grounded in our own universe and its history, while others are strange, magical, and off-kilter, but all take just a few pages to show us something about ourselves, about others, and about the world we live in.
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