“while clever in conception and interesting with regard to plot, most of these collected tales of noir lack the compression and the meticulous attention to language that are the life and br
“This is a book for those who love nature. It is the domain where Macy excels.”
“Each story provides a unique cast of characters and distinctly different plots, each offers a gentle portrait of people and society.
“Otowa has powerful tools to give the reader a rich vision of distinctive characters in a distinctive place.”
"a master storyteller"
“every story in the collection is beautifully constructed, consisting of elegant, at times lyrical prose, is engaging, and is propelled by a compelling, astute narrative voice.”
“White Cat, Black Dog enchants—but beware, the underlying darkness is deep and very real.”
This collection of nine stories features florid depictions of low life, vivid details about dysfunctional relationships spent in seedy strip motels, and an unusual number of descriptions of toilets
“For readers, writers, immigrants, patriots, and expatriates the world over, Darkness by Bharati Mukherjee is a study in excellence of a short story’s highest achievement.”
“Each story with its holiday thread will be well received by cozy fanciers.”
Liberation Day is inventive, provocative, difficult, interesting, and annoying.
“The Perfect Crime is a must-read for every crime fiction fan looking for new horizons to explore in their favorite genre.”
“Reading Light Skin Gone to Waste will remain with us as a multilayered experience and an exquisite example of the art of contemporary American short fiction.”
It’s been 15 years since Akashic Books gave us Los Angeles Noir, a collection of crime stories set around the vast basin from Mulholland Drive to Los Feliz, from Pacific Palisades to Belmo
“We’re in the presence of an author both wholly assured and tentative, both nagged by the complexities of narrative and able to exploit them.”
“In these stories, we inhabit the lives of the characters, yes, but the stories behind them also tell us about ourselves.”
“While many of the stories contained within The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories flirt with inexplicability, their charm and freshness cut through translation barriers.”
The stories in Maggie Shipstead’s You Have a Friend in 10A were published in literary journals between 2009 and 2017.
“Joyce Carol Oates’ tales are unsettling, disquieting, some endings left hanging, leaving readers with questions that implicate more horror yet to come to
“The Angel of Rome is highly recommended. The stories represent some of Walter’s best writing.”
Hilary Mantel is best known in America as the author of the historical trilogy, Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies, and The Mirror & The Light.
“Weir writes beautifully, elegantly.”
The Partition is a wide-ranging collection of nine short stories focusing on aging, loneliness, sexual identity, the brutal competition in the movie industry (“Late in the Day” and “Les ho
“Crime Hits Home is a worthy addition to every crime fiction fan’s bookshelf.”
“In lyrical, often shimmering, language, Mirosevich finds meaning and memory in the lives lived by the . . . sea . . .”