Short Stories

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“The seven stories in Hunter’s Moon feature a recurring cast of men and women, and in each tale a new aspect of their character is revealed.

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When you’re a dedicated novel reader, it’s hard to switch to short stories. That format is just too . . .

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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.

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“Puntí is clever without ever being saccharine, literary in choice of phrase without ever being obtuse—always a joy to read.”

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Before I Wake is a welcome addition to the David Morrell canon. It showcases the author’s versatility and wide range of interests and influences . . .”

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Maggie Brown & Others is a book of shorter-than-most stories that is finished off with a shorter-than-most novel, or novella.

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“definitely a book that should be on the list of all noir lovers.

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“a promising debut from a graceful and compassionate writer.”

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“Drager’s intoxicating novel presents itself like the box in Schrödinger’s famous cat experiment. Until you open the box, the cat is both alive and dead.

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“If Jorge Luis Borges’ fables had deep human dimension, they would read like Chiang’s tales; Chiang’s writing deserves to be treated with equal respect and reverence.”

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“This is a collection to savor in bits and bite-sized portions; there are too many pungencies to swallow in one gulp.”

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“Guestbook is best appreciated as a portable art installation. The book is enigmatic at every turn, but gorgeously realized.

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The stories in Ha Seong-Nan’s Flowers of Mold are an acquired taste. Fortunately, taste for them can be developed awfully fast.

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“As bleak as this collection is, a bright ray of light shines through. That ray is called ‘talent,’ and Young-ha Kim is an author who deserves to be very famous.”

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Wounds will no doubt be remembered as one of the most disquieting and memorable short story collections to come out this year.”

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“I have always preferred to disguise my feelings from others.”—almost every character in almost every short story by Gerald Murnane.

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“Hempel’s stripped-down prose carries enormous emotional weight. Her writing is devoid of all clichés.

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“Lot is far from a bleak read. Washington’s language takes the dense texture of poverty and turns into poetry.”

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“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.”

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Beautiful Days is a collection of short stories by author Joyce Carol Oates that originally appeared elsewhere.

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“The Handsome Monk and Other Stories is engaging, charming, and often dark. It offers a rare and apparently honest view of modern Tibet . . .”

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“full of compulsively readable little stories that each feel developed beyond their few pages.”

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“J. S. Breukelaar is a writer of obvious talent, demonstrated over and over in this collection.”

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“Although Amsterdam Noir doesn’t hit the heights of other entries in the city noir anthology series, it remains an appealing compendium, with welcome doses of local color and atmos

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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

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