I have read a few of these collections. I really enjoyed Self Help by Lorrie Moore and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender. Bustle.com has complied a formidable list to check out. Get to reading. LINK HERE
“Bender’s world is strange and fabulous, an ultravivid, matter-of-fact presentation of extraordinary circumstances and bizarre fulfillments … Declarative and telegraphic, Bender’s stories read like modern fables – with a healthy sense of twisted humor thrown in for good measure.”- Village Voice Literary Supplement.
“That is what is wrong with cold people. Not that they have ice in their souls – we all have a bit of that – but that they insist every word and deed mirror that ice. They never learn the beauty or value of gesture. The emotional necessity. For them, it is all honesty before kindness, truth before art. Love is art, not truth. It’s like painting scenery.”
― Loorie Moore in Self Help