11 Fiction Stories to Read During Quarantine

If you're stuck at home, take advantage of social distancing to dive into some of the best new and classic fiction from the Post's archives.

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If you’re stuck at home and have already resorted to organizing your sock drawer, take the opportunity to dive into some of the best new and classic fiction from the Post’s archives. We’ve handpicked contemporary fiction from new writers and classics by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis, and we promise they will spark more joy than those old tube socks.

 

“Wolf” by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

A jacketed man stands next to a wolf
Illustrated by Jonathan Bartlett

Published on December 17, 2012

As Jim tries to identify with the Yellowstone wolf trackers, both he and his wife have an awakening that changes their lives forever.

 

“I Want to Smoke Pot” by John Skow

man rolling a joint in his office
Illustrated by N.M. Bodecker

Published on January 27, 1968

A personnel director spins a web of lies to satisfy his wife’s mod curiosities.

 

“They Grind Exceeding Small” by Ben Ames Williams

Elderly man and woman in dining room with a baby on the floor

Published on September 13, 1919

A miserly lender goes about his cynical existence until he meets a shocking, ironic fate.

 

“Melodramas for Depressed Persons” by Rolli

minimalist illustration of quizzical woman
Illustrated by Rolli

Published on July 17, 2015

A depressed writer braves gloom and doom on a sarcastic quest for catharsis.

 

“The Refugees” by Edith Wharton

several well-dressed people in a parlor
Illustrated by F.R. Gruger

Published on January 18, 1919

Two well-meaning caregivers mistake one another for Belgian refugees in 1914 London.

 

“The Ice Palace” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Woman and man walking through snow.

Published on May 22, 1920

A small-town southern girl wants to be “where things happen on a big scale,” but the dreariness of the North will test her resilience.

 

“Crack” by Myles McDonough

skeleton

Published on December 22, 2016

A chance encounter between an Iraq War vet and an Iraqi immigrant awakens painful memories.

 

“Hobohemia” by Sinclair Lewis

gypsy dancer with long hair and colorful clothes

Published on April 7, 1917

A Midwestern lumber businessman pens a pessimistic Russian novel to win back his poet lover.

 

“What’s the Worst a Date Can Do?” by Michael McGlade

bedroom

Published on February 19, 2016

After Aileen leaves him, Eóin copes by living according to a strict routine. Now Ciara threatens that routine just by showing an interest.

 

“Every Hero an Hombre, Every Wolf a Clown” by Doug Lane

wrestling mask

Published on February 26, 2016

In a Texas town where luchadores and clowns just don’t mix, one father risks exposing his double life to grant his son’s birthday wish.

 

“The Life of the Party” by Irvin S. Cobb

costumed man appeals to another
Illustrated by James M. Preston

Published on January 25, 1919

Mishaps and mayhem befall a wealthy lawyer that finds himself on the wrong side of town in an outlandish costume after a theme party.

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Comments

  1. I read the Knock at the Door and a Trace of Dampness. I am awed by these writer’s ability to immerse me in their world in such a short piece. Thank you for bringing these forward right now. They are part of the beauty in the world.

  2. Thanks for listing these eleven stories here. I’ve already read the second one listed (highly recommend it) but should probably read them in the order they were written, including a re-read of that one. I’m not quarantined, but still need a pot/drug-free escape from the ‘situation’ which seems like it’s going to be here for quite a while.

    By the way, is it just me, or does last Thanksgiving and Christmas already seem like they were in the distant past?!

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