“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.”
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
“In lyrical, often shimmering, language, Mirosevich finds meaning and memory in the lives lived by the . . . sea . . .”
We seldom find a book that we have hoped for like this one.
“This is delightful old-school mystery fiction, filled with humor, suspense, and a knack for twisty surprises that Lovesey has made all his own.”
“Hyperbole and exaggeration are the definition of camp, an air of performance also part of the package, and Walker’s characters obligingly give the impression of always being always in desp
“At times uproariously funny, uncannily accurate, and glaringly insightful, David Butler’s Fugitive is a collective exposé on human nature delivered in entertaining snippets with s
“Medusa’s Ankles opens with a haunting and strangely gentle ghost story (‘A July Ghost’) and ends with a terse contemporary fable about our feckless destruction of the planet (‘Sea
“‘Nothing about me adds up . . . People are that way, not adding up.’”
Allan Gurganus planted his flag on the literary landscape in 1989 with The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.
“For those familiar with Williams' work, her latest short story collection How High?—That High is more of the same: oft-perplexing, oft-illuminating.”
“Few fiction writers have captured the trauma of India’s partition as powerfully as Saadat Hasan Manto, called ‘the undisputed master of the modern Indian short story’ by Salman Rushdie.”
“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