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Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine: An Isabel Dalhousie Story (e-short)

by Alexander Mccall Smith

A Vintage Shorts "Short Story Month" Original Selection


Philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie has an unstinting commitment to her principles. Sticking to her promises has always been one of them....

Hot Little Hands: Fiction

by Abigail Ulman

For fans of HBO’s Girls, Abigail Ulman’s heartbreakingly tender and often darkly funny fiction is a fresh take on the experiences of contemporary young women.


Claire is magnetic. On the cusp of adulthood...

The Presence of Men

by Francesca Marciano

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


Lara moved to a little undiscovered village in southern Italy to find a respite from her newly divorced life in Rome. She works hard to find approval and...

The Garden Party

by Katherine Mansfield

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


An afternoon at the Sheridan’s garden party will be perfect. Darling Laura is doing a marvelous job negotiating with the band, workmen, cook, and florist...

The Jewels of the Cabots

by John Cheever

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


Wandering about the sleepy Connecticut town of his childhood, where residents lead lives of grueling boredom, a journalist reminisces about the Cabot children:...

All Because of You: Eleven tales of refuge and hope

by Isobel Blackthorn

Infused with gentle optimism, eleven uncompromising stories explore, each in its own way, the nature of sacrifice. 

Mum and Nan struggle to contrive a sense of normal family life in the emotionally charged...

The Mummy Awakens

by Naguib Mahfouz

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


By the Arab world’s foremost novelist, Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, famous for The Cairo Trilogy—the masterwork in which Mahfouz sets down life in...

Reindeer Mountain: A Story

by Karin Tidbeck

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


Under the shadow of a mountain haunted by vittra, Cilla and Sara have returned to their ancestral home with Mum. Relatives gather before the state expropriates...

The Refugee

by Thomas Mcguane

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


“Errol Healy was going sailing to evade custody in one of the several institutions recommended for his care.” Haunted by memories of his best friend’s...

Portable Curiosities

by Julie Koh

A biting collection of stories from a bold new voice. A young girl sees ghosts from her third eye, located where her belly button should be. A corporate lawyer feels increasingly disconnected from his job in...

The Furnace Man's Lament

by Tim Gautreaux

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Original Selection


These kinds of calls come with the territory. One evening, when the temperature in Minnesota drops way below zero and the winds howl, the furnace...

Real Estate

by Lorrie Moore

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


The classic, often-humorous, and lyrical short story from literary giant Lorrie Moore’s much-celebrated third collection of stories, Birds of America,...

Stanton Family Boxed Set

by Audra North

Lose yourself in four steamy novellas and meet the men of the Stanton family, who will melt your heart and scorch your sheets. Let author Audra North show you the passion and swoon-worthy romantic love that...

Children of the Corn

by Stephen King

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


Driving through the cornfields in rural Nebraska, Burt and Vicky run over a young boy—only to discover that they may not be responsible for his death....


by Jayne Anne Phillips

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


Twenty-three years old, alone, broke, and without options, a young woman returns to her mother’s home. There, while the television drones and her mother...

Gracious Lies

by Hilda Lolly

Gracious Lies is a collection of five delightfully unsettling short stories that take a lingering peep behind the net curtains of everyday life, love and marriage. In Hand, Foot & Finger, imperious Leonard and...

Ancient History: from Slapboxing with Jesus

by Victor Lavalle

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


Horse and Ahab share the kind of contempt and love for one another that only true friends can. Months after graduating high school, Horse is getting married...

Summary of Secrets of a Charmed Life: by Susan Meissner | Includes Analysis

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Summary of Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner | Includes Analysis



Secrets of a Charmed Life is the story of how two young sisters survived World

War II in London.

In 2015, at Stow-on- the-Wold...


by W. Somerset Maugham

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


While stranded waiting for their ship to be released from quarantine, Dr. and Mrs. Macphail must share lodging with the insufferable Davidsons—self-righteous...

The Mysteries of Linwood Hart

by Richard Russo

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection


As his parents’ marriage disintegrates, a precocious if distracted fifth-grader starts to daydream about baseball, spaghetti, and his place in the universe....