“‘Why am I here?’ he keeps asking, up until his inevitable execution at which point his keeper finally answers: No more questions.’
“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
“Midnight Hour operates from a stimulating conceit: an anthology of 20 crime stories, all taking place at midnight, all written by writers of color.”
“These tales are presented as humorous, but it’s a humor that hides a piercing sorrow at the state of the world and the costs of love and friendship in such a world.”
“‘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.”
“an enjoyable assembly of novellas sure to lift the holiday spirit of every reader.”
“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.”
“a work of singular creativity.”
“Accessible, challenging, and fun by turns, Speculative Los Angeles possesses everything a fan could want.”
“Filthy Animals is a bravura performance, an emphatic statement of literary power from a writer whose first novel was Booker shortlisted.”
“A roller coaster ride that’s filled with loads of suspense, mystery, and steamy sexiness.”
“Let Me Think is often frightening, but it’s wonderfully readable and surprisingly accessible.
“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 . . .”
“When a Stranger Comes to Town will give you the very best of what crime fiction should deliver. Means, opportunity, and obsession—right?”
“What is made clear in this latest collection of stories is that Murakami is a master storyteller.”
Maybe you thought it was impossible. That it didn’t exist. You would never find a contemporary short story collection that was more than well written.
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.”
“recommended for readers who prize beautiful prose and story moments that linger.”