5 Powerful Short Story Collections That Pack a Big Punch

Reading stories is like stealing time. You can down one in 15 minutes and feel like you've just watched a whole movie. So whether you're headed to the beach or chilling at home, hit the bookstore first for these five powerful new collections.
Godforsaken Idaho
Photo: Martha Pavlidou

Godforsaken Idaho

224 pages; New Harvest
Godforsaken Idaho, Shawn Vestal's slam-dunk debut, casts a cinematic shadow on the American West. In "Winter Elders," a Mormon missionary stalks a former church member to devastating effect. The doubters in these stories lose religion but find that "nothing that happens has to be real, and anything is possible."
— Kristy Davis