These short stories are insightful, funny, poigant tales of modern relationships. Rebecca Lee's characters falter, stumble, are frequently blind sided, sometimes recover, but move on through life.
Roth won the National Book Award for this collection, which focuses on Jewish American life. Goodbye, Columbus is a satiric novella about young lovers in suburban New Jersey. The other five stories reflect Roth's ambivalence about religion and ethnicity in an era of social conformity.
These short stories are minimalist in style, characterization and plot, and it is through the dialogue and action that Lily Tuck allows her characters to reveal the complexities of modern life.
Tobia Wolff, whose minimalist style recalls that of Raymond Carver, may be America's best living short story writer. This collection was his critical breakthrough with pieces on academics, family squabbles and male longers
The mad scientist has been a science fiction standard since the genesis of the genre with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in 1818. In this anthology, editor John Joseph Adams has gathered a wonderful collection of mostly new stories (only two have been previously published) by some of the genre's best and brightest authors exploring this sci-fi staple from the inside out, with fascinating, insightful and often hilarious results. A must read for anyone contemplating their own plans to rule the planet!
In this superb collection of short stories Iranian writer Goli Taraghi portrays what it is like for individuals to be deracinated within their own country, or exiled as the result of political change; for them to have an eternal longing to go home to a place that will never be the same, except in their memories and hearts. The various characters are portrayed in their full humanity which Taraghi does in a cheeky, humorous style. The characters and perspective are Iranian, but the stories are universal in appeal.
November 5, 2013, the author was a guest at ALOUD.
Cisneros chronicles the lives and struggles of women living on both sides of the Tex-Mex border with warmth and humor.