Though Dahl eventually became better known for his writing for children, his macabre, sinister, and darkly funny short stories are not to be missed.
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.
A complete collection, for the first time in English, of Clarice Lispector's short stories. She is one of South America's recently "discovered" major writers.
Berlin's short stories speak to everyone, with credible characters and plots. Her prose and characterizations are crystalline, witty and hilarious, even when writing about some of our less worthy human activities.
Edwige Danticat's short stories are about pain, grief and loss, and reflect her Haitian-American experience. Expressed in lyrical language, she explores the human condition in all of its complexity.
This collection of short stories by celebrated fantasy author Nalo Hopkinson is incredibly original and beguiling. The stories throw you straight into new and fantastic worlds that you will wish to stay in longer. Whether it be the quirky and adorable world of “Miss Emily Breakfast,” or the chilling coming of age “The Easthound,” this is a collection you will not be able to put down.
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.
A striking debut collection of short fiction that traffics in desire. In "The Infamous Bengal Ming," a lovesick tiger mauls his keeper and then prowls the city in anguish under helicopter high beams. In "Demons," a quietly desperate wife idly wishes her husband dead, then is crushed by guilt when he suddenly dies of a heart attack. These characters - human, animal, and insect - bear the puzzling weight of destroying what they love, or being destroyed by it.
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!
This debut collection of stories is noteworthy for its depiction of a spectrum of Filipino and Filipino-American experiences little represented in American literature; settings include San Francisco’s Manilatown in the 1930s, a Philippine leper colony in the 60s, and the Manila film scene of the 70s. What makes the stories truly enjoyable though, is Tenorio’s ability to cut to the quick of deep emotions with control and with humor.
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.