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.”
“Evening in Paradise encompasses two continents, three countries, and a comfortable complexity in human relationships.
The seven stories that make up this collection were originally published in China between 1987 and 1991, early in the author’s career.
Diane Williams’ work represents a genuine avant-garde in American short fiction.
“Sometimes funny, always smart and honest, Chaya Bhuvaneswar’s stories hold the reader, even as the painful truths of human lives break through.”
“its inventiveness and the vividness of Bunch’s language create a terrain that is both deeply weird, unnervingly familiar, and well worth a visit.”
Kehinde Wiley, the artist known for his portraits of street blacks in historical settings, said, “Art is about changing what we see in our everyday lives and representing it in such a way that it g
If you’ve ever flown, then you’ll know the fear that can sometimes come with the experience; the unexpected turbulence, unforeseen weather events, the vertigo, the constant possibility that somethi
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.
“The collection’s prevailing tone may be that of quiet melancholy, but it is suffused with joy.”
Different but in a good way.