Among the masterful short story writers of the 18th century in Russia—Turgenev, Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy—it is Anton Chekhov whose words are most known outside of the motherland because
“Staten Island Stories concerns ugly times and circumstances, but the people and the stories are beautiful.”
“Orange World and Other Stories exposes the difficulties of wanting. . . . Characters long for things that have no name. They live on the edge of terror.
“Scenes from the Heartland is a book to read for anyone interested in American values and history, told in lingering prose that sinks into the soul.”
The publication of poet Sylvia Plath’s newly discovered short story, Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom, follows the highly acclaimed second and final volume of her letters (The Letter
The seven stories that make up this collection were originally published in China between 1987 and 1991, early in the author’s career.
“for lovers of literature and students of the craft, reading Sergio Pitol is to enter one of the great literary minds of our time.”
“his poetic prose is a joy to read even when its vision is pessimistic.”
“In The Dogs of Detroit Felver has created a dark mirror for readers to gaze into.”
The characters in these ten stories are not people you’d want to meet. That is how well Wilson brings them to life. You’d probably not even want them in the neighborhood.
“tender and heartbreaking, whimsical and moving—all finely crafted.”
Cloudbursts is novelist Thomas McGuane’s collection of 38 of his best stories, most previously published but some new ones as well.
Montana and noir are not a natural fit, as the editors of this short story collection readily acknowledge in their introduction: “No doubt the state’s beauty will . . .
“Atlanta Noir could well turn out to be Akashic’s best work to date.”
Many people believe that writing a good short story is easier than writing a novel. Though each genre has its own challenges, many writers have pointed out that, in fact, the opposite is true.
“recommended to readers who enjoy interior prose and psychological literary fiction.”
“Christie gives the reader a provocative slice of Americana that is equal parts real and gripping.”
“The greatest beauty of this collection is that . . . James Purdy captivates.”
This book is exactly what it appears to be: A collection of horse stories written by a Who’s Who of literary stars over the past century.
“Surely there will be other and better works from Ms. Bergman in the future, when her author’s eye is attracted to wider fields of vision.
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“As with any anthology, the true strength of this book is the quality of the stories themselves.
“Other authors may struggle writing from a first-person or third-person point of view and opt to only write in one viewpoint all the time, but Dagoberto Gilb handles writing in either viewp
“The best stories in The Cocaine Chronicles—including those of Mr. West, Mr. Brown, and Ms. Revoyr—are equal to the best fiction being written today.”
“All told, The Speed Chronicles deserves great praise for the audacity of the topic, the depth of the discussion, the diversity of its voices, and plain, old, good storytelling.”