I really enjoyed this collection of short stories by Kiwi writer: Sue Orr. In particular, ‘journeyman’ and ‘the eviction party’. Read them, find your own favorite.
What differentiates this collection, from other books of ‘shorties’ is the way that each story references a story in literatures past… stories by James Joyce, Guy De Maupassant and Katherine Mansfield are all referenced within Orr’s tales…
and of course, ‘The Overcoat’ by Nikolay Gogol, the story which sparked the collection and the title, is to be found at the end of the book.
This is a book which celebrates the suprises and magical moments within everyday life.
Here are some other collections of short stories which I rate:
‘How we are Hungry’ by Dave Eggers
‘Dark Roots’ by Cate Kennedy
‘Nocturnes’ by Kazuo Ishiguro
‘The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield’
Also… as suggested by Orr, read her stories and then delve back into history by reading their forerunners.