Short Stories


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A 2/15/13 New York Times article says, “Already, 2013 has yielded an unusually rich crop of short-story collections, including George Saunders’s “Tenth of December,” which arrived in January with a media splash normally reserved for Hollywood movies and moved quickly onto the best-seller lists. Tellingly, many of the current and forthcoming collections are not from authors like Mr. Saunders, who have always preferred short stories, but from best-selling novelists like Tom Perrotta, who are returning to the form”.  So, it seems like a good time to explore Short Stories, new and old!

The House at Belle Fontaine: stories / Lily Tuck

The stories of The House at Belle Fontaine span the better part of the twentieth century and almost every continent, revealing apprehensions, passions, secrets, and tragedies among lovers, spouses, landlords and tenants, and lifelong friends. In her crisp and penetrating prose, Tuck delicately probes at the lives of her characters as they navigate exotic locales and their own hearts: an artist learns that her deceased husband had an affair with their young houseguest; a retired couple strains to hold together their forty-year-old marriage on a ship bound for Antarctica; and a French family flees to Lima in the 1940s with devastating consequences for their daughter’s young nanny.

Tenth of December: stories / George Saunders

A collection of stories includes “Home,” a wryly whimsical account of a soldier’s return from war; “Victory Lap,” a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.

Ten Little Indians: stories / Sherman Alexie

A collection of short fiction reflecting the experience of Native Americans caught in the midst of personal and cultural turmoil includes such works as “The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above,” “What You Pawn I will Redeem,” and “Do You Know Where I Am?”.

Among the Missing / Dan Chaon

Focusing on the condition of the modern family, a thematically linked collection of short fiction captures the lives, dreams, and fates of men, women, and children who live outside of the American Dream.

After the Plague: stories / by T. Coraghessan Boyle

The author’s sixth collection of short stories displays his wide-ranging interests in everything from doctors to air rage.

Fabulous Small Jews: [stories] / Joseph Epstein

A collection of eighteen stories that features a host of characters at various crossroads and turning points in their lives, covering such themes as identity, family love, and repressed impulses.  

This is how you Lose Her / Junot Díaz

A collection of stories that explores the heartbreak and radiance of love as it is shaped by passion, betrayal, and the echoes of intimacy.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: stories / Karen Russell

A new collection of stories by the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of Swamplandia! features such protagonists as a pair of centuries-old vampires whose relationship is tested by a sudden fear of flying, a dejected teen who communicates with the universe through objects from a seagull nest and a massage therapist who heals a tattooed veteran by manipulating the images on his body.

What we Talk About When we Talk About Anne Frank: stories / Nathan Englander

A collection of short stories includes the title story about two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game, and a dark story of vigilante justice undertaken by a troop of geriatric campers.

We Live in Water: stories / Jess Walter

A collection of stories originally published in magazines and anthologies, including “Thief,” in which an aluminum worker turns unlikely detective to determine which of his kids is stealing from the family vacation fund.

Birds of America / by Lorrie Moore

A new collection of twelve stories by the acclaimed author of Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? includes the title story about a second-rate movie actress who returns home and becomes involved with a mechanic, “Charades,” and “Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People.” 40,000 first printing. Tour.

Runaway: stories / Alice Munro

A collection of short fiction captures the lives of women of all ages and circumstances, as they deal with the limits and lies of passion, unfulfilled dreams, motherhood, betrayal, and the bonds of love.

Oblivion: stories / David Foster Wallace

A collection of short stories includes “The Soul Is Not a Smithy,” in which a father distracts his son from noticing a teacher’s breakdown; and “The Suffering Channel,” in which a sculpture artist’s profile is influenced by office politics.

A 2/15/13 New York Times article says, “Already, 2013 has yielded an unusually rich crop of short-story collections, including George Saunders’s “Tenth of December,” which arrived in January with a media splash normally reserved for Hollywood movies and moved quickly onto the best-seller lists. Tellingly, many of the current and forthcoming collections are not from authors like Mr. Saunders, who have always preferred short stories, but from best-selling novelists like Tom Perrotta, who are returning to the form”.  So, it seems like a good time to explore Short Stories, new and old!

The House at Belle Fontaine: stories / Lily Tuck

The stories of The House at Belle Fontaine span the better part of the twentieth century and almost every continent, revealing apprehensions, passions, secrets, and tragedies among lovers, spouses, landlords and tenants, and lifelong friends. In her crisp and penetrating prose, Tuck delicately probes at the lives of her characters as they navigate exotic locales and their own hearts: an artist learns that her deceased husband had an affair with their young houseguest; a retired couple strains to hold together their forty-year-old marriage on a ship bound for Antarctica; and a French family flees to Lima in the 1940s with devastating consequences for their daughter’s young nanny.

Tenth of December: stories / George Saunders

A collection of stories includes “Home,” a wryly whimsical account of a soldier’s return from war; “Victory Lap,” a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.

Ten Little Indians: stories / Sherman Alexie

A collection of short fiction reflecting the experience of Native Americans caught in the midst of personal and cultural turmoil includes such works as “The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above,” “What You Pawn I will Redeem,” and “Do You Know Where I Am?”.

Among the Missing / Dan Chaon

Focusing on the condition of the modern family, a thematically linked collection of short fiction captures the lives, dreams, and fates of men, women, and children who live outside of the American Dream.

After the Plague: stories / by T. Coraghessan Boyle

The author’s sixth collection of short stories displays his wide-ranging interests in everything from doctors to air rage.

Fabulous Small Jews: [stories] / Joseph Epstein

A collection of eighteen stories that features a host of characters at various crossroads and turning points in their lives, covering such themes as identity, family love, and repressed impulses.

This is how you Lose Her / Junot Díaz

A collection of stories that explores the heartbreak and radiance of love as it is shaped by passion, betrayal, and the echoes of intimacy.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: stories / Karen Russell

A new collection of stories by the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of Swamplandia! features such protagonists as a pair of centuries-old vampires whose relationship is tested by a sudden fear of flying, a dejected teen who communicates with the universe through objects from a seagull nest and a massage therapist who heals a tattooed veteran by manipulating the images on his body.

What we Talk About When we Talk About Anne Frank: stories / Nathan Englander

A collection of short stories includes the title story about two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game, and a dark story of vigilante justice undertaken by a troop of geriatric campers.

We Live in Water: stories / Jess Walter

A collection of stories originally published in magazines and anthologies, including “Thief,” in which an aluminum worker turns unlikely detective to determine which of his kids is stealing from the family vacation fund.

Birds of America / by Lorrie Moore

A new collection of twelve stories by the acclaimed author of Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? includes the title story about a second-rate movie actress who returns home and becomes involved with a mechanic, “Charades,” and “Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People.” 40,000 first printing. Tour.

Runaway: stories / Alice Munro

A collection of short fiction captures the lives of women of all ages and circumstances, as they deal with the limits and lies of passion, unfulfilled dreams, motherhood, betrayal, and the bonds of love.

Oblivion: stories / David Foster Wallace

A collection of short stories includes “The Soul Is Not a Smithy,” in which a father distracts his son from noticing a teacher’s breakdown; and “The Suffering Channel,” in which a sculpture artist’s profile is influenced by office politics.

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