“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.
“This welcome debut collection of his Irish stories will find ready readers overseas.”
“tender and heartbreaking, whimsical and moving—all finely crafted.”
“These stories are indeed strange, but no stranger than the political and moral universe we now inhabit, although infinitely more pleasurable and enticing.”
The boys and men in Jamel Brinkley’s debut collection A Lucky Man spend a lot of time looking at women—and a lot of time making sure other boys and men see them looking at women.
“Groff’s characters are so real, complete with their flaws, fears and eccentricities, that they will stay with you long after you have left Florida.”
“Sisyphean is a challenging read, but love it or leave it, one will come away with a deep admiration for its ideas, genre boundary breaking, immersive world-buildi
Thoreau’s observation that “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” comes to mind while reading William Trevor’s short stories.
“Serious stories, taking in the main a hard line on reality, and any gray scale would show them on the dark end of the spectrum.”
“If family is our path to hell, it can also be our path to salvation.”
Cloudbursts is novelist Thomas McGuane’s collection of 38 of his best stories, most previously published but some new ones as well.