Short Stories

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The boys and men in Jamel Brinkley’s debut collection A Lucky Man spend a lot of time looking at women—and a lot of time making sure other boys and men see them looking at women.

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“Groff’s characters are so real, complete with their flaws, fears and eccentricities, that they will stay with you long after you have left Florida.” 

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“Sisyphean is a challenging read, but love it or leave it, one will come away with a deep admiration for its ideas, genre boundary breaking, immersive world-buildi

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Thoreau’s observation that “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” comes to mind while reading William Trevor’s short stories.

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“If family is our path to hell, it can also be our path to salvation.”

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Cloudbursts is novelist Thomas McGuane’s collection of 38 of his best stories, most previously published but some new ones as well.

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In 1922 the British author Vita Sackville-West was commissioned to write a story and inscribe it in her own hand into a beautifully bound, tooled leather book.

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A collection of short, fictional profiles of women who chose to “love” the most notorious monsters of our time, including such failures at the most fundamental acts of human empathy and decency as

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Jenny Diski’s short stories are often unsettling, describing in minute detail the troubled thoughts that accompany her characters’ everyday activities as they go for a lunchtime walk, take a bath,

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Short story collections often give readers a taste of a writer’s style, preoccupations, and a sense of whether the reader will enjoy an author’s longer works of fiction.

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“a delightful little tale, appropriate for telling when the lights are low and a flickering fire casts shadows over the Christmas tree.”

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Megan Cass’s latest short story anthology ActivAmerca is a slim volume that is easy to hold and easier still to read.

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“Genre and gender bending, erudite and steamy, Machado’s stories manage to defy expectation and be compulsively readable.”

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Curtis Dawkins is a rising star in the literary world.

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"Mustafah is an excellent writer, creating lush imagery and life-size characters. She uses her words to bring about an unfathomable emotion in her readers . . ."

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This collection of nine short stories by Man Booker Prize–shortlisted British author Sarah Hall has a focus on the female experience—particularly of love and sex, pregnancy and motherhood—and the w

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“Atlanta Noir could well turn out to be Akashic’s best work to date.”

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“The stories in the volume are all worthy—some extraordinary.”

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“a group of invigorating and inspiring short stories.”

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Nobody does Kafkaesque quite like Franz Kafka.

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For dedicated fans of Richard Russo these four stories mark a break with his usual “blue-collar” territory.

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“I had a friend once. Indeed, at the time, I only had one friend. His names was Andrés and he lived in Paris and, much to my his delight, I travelled to that city to see him.

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“astringent observations make these stories an entertaining and compellingly provocative read.”

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". . . rare but brilliant short story collection . . ."

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"Faye’s prose seduces readers . . ."

Writer Michael Sims, on a recent New York Times Book Review podcast, called Sherlock Holmes the “first modern super hero.”

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