“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.
Beautiful Days is a collection of short stories by author Joyce Carol Oates that originally appeared elsewhere.
“The Handsome Monk and Other Stories is engaging, charming, and often dark. It offers a rare and apparently honest view of modern Tibet . . .”
“Evening in Paradise encompasses two continents, three countries, and a comfortable complexity in human relationships.
Ideally, a collection of short stories should have a unifying principle, a thought or purpose running through each one that makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
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.
Different but in a good way.
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.
“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.”
“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
“If family is our path to hell, it can also be our path to salvation.”
Cloudbursts is novelist Thomas McGuane’s collection of 38 of his best stories, most previously published but some new ones as well.