Short Stories

Fen

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ISBN: 9781555977740
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 2nd, 2017

If Karen Russell wrote stories set in the wilds of rural England rather than rural Florida, you might get something like Daisy Johnson's Fen--strange stories of girls growing up and on the outskirts of an unwelcoming world. Johnson writes with a cutting voice, elegantly dissecting daily injustices and incremental brutalizations, and the transformations women make to survive.


The Complete Stories

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By Flannery O'Connor, Robert Giroux (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374515362
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Published: Noonday Press - January 1971

There is no such thing as having too much Flannery O'Connor in your life or on your shelf. Whether you've never read her work before, or you've written a dissertation on it, O'Connor's stories are always worth reading. Whenever I read her, I walk away not knowing how I feel, but certain I've been changed.

Matthew


100 Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses

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ISBN: 9781940450025
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Published: McSweeney's - October 11th, 2016

A collection of short stories, exploring cataclysm in its many forms, from the personal to the global--and often both together. The title piece of the book is a literal set of 100 tiny stories, each touching on apocalyptic themes in its own way. A playful, absorbing series of experiments; if Kelly Link and Lydia Davis wrote a book together, the result might be something like this.

Alexander


Get in Trouble : Stories

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ISBN: 9780812986495
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Published: Random House Trade - February 9th, 2016

Link has mastered the art of the short story, giving you just enough information that you always end wanting just a little bit more. Each story has a thread of strangeness or magic that is so skillfully woven in,  you may not realize when it was introduced. Quite simply, these are astonishing stories that beg to be read aloud.

-Marika

 


The Musical Brain: And Other Stories

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By Cesar Aira, Chris Andrews (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811220293
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 3rd, 2015

A beautifully strange and packed short story collection. You get caught up with Aira in his preposterous logic problems and descriptions of artwork—such as a historical scene on a ship deck depicted in a folded cafe napkin, a dissolving Mona Lisa that becomes Debussyscented candles. Aira poses important questions, like: Would you rather have a Picasso or be a Picasso? For lovers of Borges, Cortazar, Calvino, Murakami.

Jamie

 


Get in Trouble

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ISBN: 9780804179683
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Published: Random House - February 3rd, 2015

Another stellar collection from one of the most gifted short story writers working today. With a unique talent for finding the new and alien within familiar tropes, Link finds an empty hotel room in the middle of a superhero convention; unrequited love in an automated Boyfriend; rural ghost stories at a birthday party on an orphaned starship. Both whimsical and haunting, these are stories of the monumental loneliness in every life, and the problems we create in our striving for connection.

Alexander


How to Breathe Underwater

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ISBN: 9781400034369
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Published: Vintage - April 12th, 2005

The stories in this collection are a handful of literary gems that provide emotionally resonant insight into the obstacles and victories of today’s teenage girls. The challenges the protagonists face range from a mother in the late stages of cancer, to a brother intent on passing his own pain on to his sister, and to a cousin who possesses extraordinary beauty.  While the stories are, at times, intense, they are also deeply honest and hopeful.


Porter Square Book Club


Painted Cities

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ISBN: 9781938073809
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Published: McSweeney's - March 11th, 2014

Childlike imagination and gritty gang-filled reality follow and pass each other like speeding cars on a highway in this debut collection of short stories. With a voice that replicate both the deluded machismo of gangsters and the quiet sensitivity of despairing poets considering the desperation of urban poverty, Galaviz-Budzisewski’s stories explore friendship, family, hope, and desperation in vibrant and intoxicating prose. Chicago now has its own Junot Diaz.

Josh


The Unamericans

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ISBN: 9780393241136
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 3rd, 2014

An impressive debut collection of stories by a young writer. Many of the pieces have Jewish or Israel themes, but all the stories resonate with emotion and thoughtfulness. The characters are very real and accessible, and the plots remind me of Nathan Englander. A delightful read.


David


The New York Stories

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By John O'Hara, Steven Goldleaf (Editor), Steven Goldleaf (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143107095
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Published: Penguin Books - August 27th, 2013

Mix yourself a martini and sit down with this collection of short stories written by one of America’s foremost authors, John O’Hara, who had more of his stories published in The New Yorker than any other in the history of the magazine.  Sophisticated, witty, always sharply written, these stories are filled with a wide range of characters – society swells, dames and bartenders, young marrieds and stockbrokers. Written in the years 1930 – 1965, The New York Stories give us a glimpse into a world long gone.

Nathan


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