Author: Anna Gavalda
Released: 2003
Genre: Short story collection

By nature, short story collection are grab bags filled with varying moods, outlooks, and hooks, whether it's a single-author book or a compendium of numerous writers' tales. I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere, written by Paris, France, native Anna Gravalda, is much more of a uniform effort, with its many stories sharing a uniquely connected bond, that of naturalistic observations of everyday life dashed with just a smidge of danger. And with Gravalda's delicate knack for capturing humanity at its most fragile moments, it's a real eye-opener.

Fun Fact: Gravalda sold her first collection of short stories, Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part, while she was paying the bills as a high school teacher in France.