A couple of weeks ago, we talked with author J. Ryan Stradal in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club. Our conversation about his debut novel The Kitchens of the Great Midwest covered his impeccable rendition of Midwestern food and culture, what his grandmother thought of his first book, and how he crafted a novel written in cleverly connected short stories.
I’m a total nerd about book structure, so that conversation has been on my mind ever since. Novels that are told in this format often compel me to keep reading in order to find out how it all comes together, but they’re also easy to set down in between chapters and come back to later. That means they make for easy reads when my attention span needs a boost.
Today, I’m sharing a list of well-crafted novels told in short stories or vignettes that will keep you turning the pages—or compel you to slowly savor each chapter.
10 books written in short stories or vignettes
Do you have more books-in-short-stories to add to our list? Tell us about them in the comments section!
P.S. If this list suits your reading mood, try 14 books with thought-provoking structures and 8 novels that are delightfully self-aware about the writing process.