Small Avalanches and Other Stories

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First edition

Small Avalanches and Other Stories is a young adult collection of short stories by Joyce Carol Oates. It was her second young adult book and, as of January 2007, her only collection of short stories for young adults. It is also the longest of her young adult books. It was published in 2003 by HarperTempist.[1]


Several of the stories have been published before, but there were a few new stories in this collection.

The following stories appear:

  • Where are you going, Where have you Been?
  • The Sky Blue Ball
  • Small Avalanches
  • Haunted
  • Bad Girls
  • How I Contemplated the World...
  • Shot
  • Why don't you come live with me it's Time
  • Life after High School
  • Capricorn
  • The Visit
  • The Model


  1. ^ Silvey, Anita (2006). 500 Great Books for Teens. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-618-61296-3.