Writerly Must Reads

The works listed below have been recommended by various literary luminaries such as Andre Dubus III, Wally Lamb, Ann Hood, Brett Anthony Johnston, and others.

Writers referring writers to help writers write. (Say THAT three times fast.)


Julian Barnes

The Sense of an Ending

Lily King


Ann Patchet

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Essays)
State of Wonder (described as a clinic on how to draw readers in to a fictional world.)

Short Stories and Other Stuff

Mavis Gallant

Paris Stories

James Joyce

The Dead (cited as having the perfect ending)

Flannery O'Connor

Good Country People (This is a link to a PDF, so you can read it right here!)
A Good Man is Hard to Find (This one is also a link to the story itself.)
The Habit of Being (Letters)


Additional Recommended Short Story Authors

Andre Dubus II
Edith Pearlman

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