“Walbert’s prose is undeniably lovely, and her stories evoke vivid moments in time.”
“This balance, between nihilism and delight, is the great power of Fly Already.
Maxim Loskutoff’s story collection Come West and See spans a wide chronology, from a story set in the 1893 Montana Territory to stories set in a not-so-distant future in which somewhat vag
“Long before immigration was a topic we debated daily, sometimes hourly, Edwidge Danticat wrote for, and about, immigrants.”
“The seven stories in Hunter’s Moon feature a recurring cast of men and women, and in each tale a new aspect of their character is revealed.
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“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.”