In this stunning collection of short stories, Phil Klay (veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps) offers a heart-stopping look into the realities of the war in Iraq and the difficulties for everyone involved. Perfect for: • Those interested in gaining a new perspective on the war in Iraq. • Lovers...
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
These nine, beautifully crafted short stories about love in all its messiness, are both subtle and powerful. Munro is the master of creating satiating worlds in no time at all – worlds whose characters exude more complexity than we initially give them credit for. This collection also includes “The Bear...
Cowboys are My Weakness
This smart collection of short stories is as good as its title. Relationship dynamics take center stage in these stories about intelligent women who can’t help but fall for the strong, silent type.Perfect for:Those who would enjoy sensual and thoughtful narratives.Readers interested in a fresh take on sexual politics.Anyone who...
The Other Language
In this delicious, short story collection, Marciano jumps between the Venice film festival, a remote island in East Africa, an island in Greece, and more, to introduce us to characters struggling with coming to terms with how unexpected life can turn out to be. And how they might negotiate it...
Kissing in Manhattan
Schickler’s quirky-yet-poignant collection of short stories follows a helluva cast of love-hungry Manhattanites, whose lives intertwine around a mysterious, old apartment building. A great mix of witty humour and romantic fantasy delivered in edgy writing. Perfect for: • Anyone who has a love affair with NYC. • Those wishing to...
The News from Spain
In this brilliant collection of short stories, characters run the gamut from a former race car driver’s gorgeous wife who offers life-altering advice to a young mother, to a married couple dealing with the husband’s infidelity. From a paralyzed dancer and her loyal caretaker to teachers behaving badly to a...
In this mesmerizing collection of linked, short stories (ranging in plot from a hostage situation to a funeral), Strout follows the title protagonist through a series of life events through her stunning prose.Set in Maine – Kitteredge watches Olive – a retired math teacher and her husband, Henry – a...
When I was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School
Whether you were popular in high school or not, chances are you had your own brush with ‘loserdom’ at one point or another: in this meticulously-arranged anthology, McNally brings together talented writers who muse on everything from humerous humiliations with first sexual encounters to the painful disintegration of the family...
In his sparse, elegant prose, Sousa offers up a fabulous collection of linked short stories that examine a family of Portuguese immigrants living in the U.S. Gone provides an excellent mediation on obsession, love and the elements that go into forming our identities over time.Great for:Readers looking for a new...
The Interpreter of Maladies
A riveting cast of characters (all newly or formerly emigrated from India), navigate the terrain of adapting to a new culture in America, while maintaining a sense of where they come from.Great for:Readers of Indian fictionThose interested in the immigrant’s narrativeAnyone looking for spectacular writing
The Things They Carried
Few writers can bring the devastation, existential pointlessness and horror of the Vietnam War into our psyche like Tim O’Brien: considered a modern classic, The Things they Carried, sifts through past and present to offer a compelling, honest look at characters experiencing the emotional trauma and ultimate salvation that penetrates...
Marquez, one of the masters of magical-realism, brings his sense of the absurd and applies his powerful writer’s stroke to a cast of characters in stories ranging from bureaucratic mental institutions to an unusually-trained dog to a deadly honeymoon.Great for:Readers of Marquez who’ve never read this exquisite collectionLovers of magical...
The Beggar Maid
If you’re unfamiliar with Munro's talent, this is a good place to start: this gorgeous compilation of linked short stories investigating the relationship between Flo and her stepdaughter, Rose, weaves spectacular prose throughout the tiny details of everyday life.Great for:Alice Munro loversReaders of eccentric charactersAnyone looking for a fantastic collection...
The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas
The editor of Found magazine, Rothbart has an eye for the small but beautiful details in life that lend themselves to fiction. From road trips to abandoned teens, this collection of eight, charming stories reignites your inner fiction lover while providing some much needed nourishment for a proper literary diet.Great...
This spectacular collection of linked, short stories told from a Dominican immigrant’s perspective, gives new meaning to carsickness. Explore Diaz’s dazzling patois and his clever examinations of the role of poverty, hopelessness and familial and sexual love in a Latino community.Great for:An introduction to the short story formReaders looking to...
A gorgeous, debut collection of short stories that introduce readers to a handful of struggling, modern-day Thai characters whose difficult realities clash with the glamorous existences imagined for them by foreigners.Great for:Travellers to ThailandReaders of short storiesThose looking for an armchair travel to a grittier place
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