“Filthy Animals is a bravura performance, an emphatic statement of literary power from a writer whose first novel was Booker shortlisted.”
“Wang has the distinct skill of evoking time and place, many eras, many places, and putting his characters, and the reader in them.”
“Rutherford is especially good at describing the liminal space between reality and imagination, especially in the storyteller’s mind . . .”
“What is made clear in this latest collection of stories is that Murakami is a master storyteller.”
This collection is not easy to approach because of the different realities and forms of expression it uses—and they might have been useful had they prompted deeper reflections. But not.
Dorthe Nors’ Wild Swims is a collection of 14 short stories written tightly and tensely, with most under a thousand words.
The short stories in Mary-Beth Hughes’ collection The Ocean House are linked, not by the titular manse—the last of the great seafront houses in Long Branch, New Jersey, its property covete
“Fiorito’s prose is magical, evocative, mesmerizing.”
“The Danger of Smoking in Bed underlines the darkness of evil.
“With exceptional precision, concision, grace, wisdom, and insight Nicole Krauss creates a magnificent collection of stories that explore what the narrator effectively asks her son in the l
Is it better to read a story collection sequentially?
“has greater resonance, the characters are older, have lived more, have more to say. As a result, the stories are . . . more rewarding . . .”
“Using her remarkable, literary voice to investigate the psychological experiences of victims, Oates requires that we willingly suspend our disbelief and reject realism as a means to identi
“although McNally’s stories seem unbelievable at first, they throb with a recognizable human heartbeat, powered by love and regret and the mystery of life.”
This is Shruti Swamy’s debut collection of stories. She is not a debut author. She writes with sureness and grace. Her writing is more poetry than prose.
“Issued as a paperback original, Love & Other Crimes is a perfect match for summer’s relaxing moments, whether they are long ones on vacation or short breathers between home-ba
Readers will find Zadie Smith’s short story collection a mixed bag with a few interesting bits and pieces, and a few good short works.
“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.
Maggie Brown & Others is a book of shorter-than-most stories that is finished off with a shorter-than-most novel, or novella.
“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.
“This is a collection to savor in bits and bite-sized portions; there are too many pungencies to swallow in one gulp.”
The stories in Ha Seong-Nan’s Flowers of Mold are an acquired taste. Fortunately, taste for them can be developed awfully fast.
“Wounds will no doubt be remembered as one of the most disquieting and memorable short story collections to come out this year.”
“I have always preferred to disguise my feelings from others.”—almost every character in almost every short story by Gerald Murnane.