As Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff wrote in The New York Times, "A short story is by definition an odder, more eccentric creature than a novel; a trailer, a fling, a warm-up act, a bouillon cube, a championship game in one inning. Irresolution and ambiguity become it; it's a first date rather than a marriage. When is it mightier than the novel? When its elisions speak as loudly as its lines." If you enjoy reading fiction and want to explore the succinctness of the short story, join this study group. The very brevity of the form invites lively discussion and differing interpretations of the material. This study group gives a brief but fascinating introduction to authors from the U.S. and around the world. Each study group member acts as discussion leader for one or two stories of their choice, and also shares a brief biography of the story's author. Two anthologies serve as texts: The Art of the Story edited by Daniel Halpern (Penguin Books, 2000) features contemporary authors; The Best American Short Stories 2016 edited by Junot Diaz with Heidi Pitlor (Mariner Books, 2016) contains more recent stories.