Shelf Check: A Short Story

We asked (again). You answered (again). In honor of short story master O. Henry, we have created free ePub versions of both “The Last Leaf” and “The Ransom of Red Chief” for you to read. We have also included links to Maeve Brennan’s “Christmas Eve” and Roddy Doyle’s “Bullfighting,” both originally published in The New Yorker.

“The Last Leaf” by O. Henry

It’s about the emotions; hope, love, compassion and perseverance among friends, which is what life is mainly about.

Nev | Lucknow, India

“Why I Live at the P.O.” by Eudora Welty

This story has one of the most engaging unreliable narrators I’ve ever encountered. The story she tells has this perverse absurdity that I absolutely love!

Liz | Nottingham, New Hampshire

Bullfighting” by Roddy Doyle

Doyle captures aging with a sense of humor that I really admire.

Benjamin | Canada

“The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry

It twists a common narrative into a surprise ending. The kidnappers lose in the end because they have no control over “Red Chief.”

Dorothy | Green Bay, Wisconsin

Christmas Eve” by Maeve Brennan

I love the way Brennan captures the two totally different experiences of space that the husband and wife have in the same home.

Alexander | U.S.A.