• SHORT STORIES

Can't and Won't

Uncoiling a Booker Prize winner's tightly wound collection of short -- at times very short -- stories.

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Bark

Tracing the patterns of new short stories from an icon of the medium.

 

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Comic fiction from the actor and writer unveils a restless mind at work.

 

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Local Souls

Allen Gurganus's small-town portraits recall the grotesques of Sherwood Anderson's classic.

 

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A Guide to Being Born

Tales of everyday lives, suffused with a Picasso-esque vision.

 

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The Fun Parts

Are punchy prose and revelatory antics the key to a short story renaissance?

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The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

A collection of previously published short fiction by the American master of dread.

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Ladies and Gentlemen: Stories

In these stories by the author of Mr. Peanut, you don't have to be cruel to be kind, but it helps.

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A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman

Women face life on their own terms in the author's career-spanning story collection.

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Swim Back to Me

Stories that explore the "risky and exhilarating" years of youth, and what follows.

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You Think That's Bad

Tales that travel around the globe and into the depths of the heart.

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You Know When the Men Are Gone

The wives at a military base grapple with the unknown as their husbands head into combat in these linked short stories.

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  • SHORT STORIES

Night Soul and Other Stories

A new volume of stories from Joseph McElroy leads readers from darkness to sudden radiance.

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Long, Last, Happy

A posthumous short story collection invites a look back at the "style-drenched" work of an audacious writer.

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What Becomes

Short tales of the alien landscape within from an award-winning writer.

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The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

An engrossing compendium of the author's short fiction leaves the reader wanting still more.

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Where the God of Love Hangs Out

Amy Bloom's new novel of short stories puts the spotlight on cupid's paradoxical heartlessness. Read more...

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.