When you’re a dedicated novel reader, it’s hard to switch to short stories. That format is just too . . .
“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.
“Puntí is clever without ever being saccharine, literary in choice of phrase without ever being obtuse—always a joy to read.”
“Before I Wake is a welcome addition to the David Morrell canon. It showcases the author’s versatility and wide range of interests and influences . . .”
Maggie Brown & Others is a book of shorter-than-most stories that is finished off with a shorter-than-most novel, or novella.
“definitely a book that should be on the list of all noir lovers.”
“a promising debut from a graceful and compassionate writer.”
“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.
“If Jorge Luis Borges’ fables had deep human dimension, they would read like Chiang’s tales; Chiang’s writing deserves to be treated with equal respect and reverence.”
“This is a collection to savor in bits and bite-sized portions; there are too many pungencies to swallow in one gulp.”
“Guestbook is best appreciated as a portable art installation. The book is enigmatic at every turn, but gorgeously realized.
The stories in Ha Seong-Nan’s Flowers of Mold are an acquired taste. Fortunately, taste for them can be developed awfully fast.
“As bleak as this collection is, a bright ray of light shines through. That ray is called ‘talent,’ and Young-ha Kim is an author who deserves to be very famous.”
“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.
“Hempel’s stripped-down prose carries enormous emotional weight. Her writing is devoid of all clichés.
“Lot is far from a bleak read. Washington’s language takes the dense texture of poverty and turns into poetry.”
“Scenes from the Heartland is a book to read for anyone interested in American values and history, told in lingering prose that sinks into the soul.”
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 . . .”
“full of compulsively readable little stories that each feel developed beyond their few pages.”
“J. S. Breukelaar is a writer of obvious talent, demonstrated over and over in this collection.”
“Although Amsterdam Noir doesn’t hit the heights of other entries in the city noir anthology series, it remains an appealing compendium, with welcome doses of local color and atmos
The publication of poet Sylvia Plath’s newly discovered short story, Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom, follows the highly acclaimed second and final volume of her letters (The Letter
“This fictional biography, as narrated by the subject himself, has the fascinating flavor of those infamous but sought-after 19th century dime novels.”