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Acts of God

by Ellen Gilchrist

The human race. You have to love it and wish it well and not preach or think you have any reason to think you are better than anyone else. Amen. Good-bye. Peace . . .

Master short story writer Ellen Gilchrist,...


Can't and Won't

by Lydia Davis

A new collection of short stories from the woman Rick Moody has called “the best prose stylist in America”

Her stories may be literal one-liners: the entirety of “Bloomington” reads, “Now that I have...


Natural Histories: Stories

by Guadalupe Nettel & J. T. Lichtenstein

Siamese fighting fish, cockroaches, cats, a snake, and a strange fungus all serve here as mirrors that reflect the unconfessable aspects of human nature buried within us. The traits and fates of these animals...


The Other Language

by Francesca Marciano

Hailed by The New York Times as “a natural-born storyteller,” the acclaimed author of Rules of the Wild gives us nine incandescently smart stories, funny, elegant, and poignant by turns, that explore the...


Reason for Leaving: Job Stories

by John Manderino

On a job application, there's that tricky question: reason for leaving? John Manderino's answers are collected here in this hilarious novel tracing the history of a guy trying to grow up job by job. Delivery...


Gobble-Up Stories

by Oscar Mandel

Arresting and humorous, these collected fictions of Belgian scholar Oscar Mandel include 46 short fables for all ages.


The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction

by Violet Kupersmith

An extraordinarily compelling debut—ghost stories that grapple with the legacy of the Vietnam War

 

A beautiful young woman appears fully dressed in an overflowing bathtub at the Frangipani Hotel in Hanoi....


Unforeseen Match, An: A Match Made in Texas Novella 2

by Regina Jennings

Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace's doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though--and he may have found the one...


Cowboy Unmatched, A: A Match Made in Texas Novella 1

by Karen Witemeyer

Neill isn't sure who hired him to repair Clara's roof--he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?


Bombay Stories

by Saadat Hasan Manto

A collection of classic, yet shockingly contemporary, short stories set in the vibrant world of mid-century Bombay, from one of India’s greatest writers.

Arriving in 1930s Bombay, Saadat Hasan Manto discovered...


Stories of God

by Rainer maria Rilke

Rilke's haunting images focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety. Rainer Maria Rilke felt that the world and all its joys most truly belonged...


The Porno Girl

by Merin Wexler

Brazen and sharp-witted, Merin Wexler’s linked stories bind mothers, daughters, and wives wrestling with a fear of intimacy in sexual and family relationships.

These are women and teenagers caught in the pivotal...


The News of the World: Stories

by Ron Carlson

These stories come at us from every direction. They are Ron Carlson's response to the eighties, the stories we will want by our sides as the decade ends. Whether it is a husband trying to bring his marriage...


Plan B for the Middle Class: Stories

by Ron Carlson

In The News of the World, Ron Carlson's celebrated last collection, it was widely noted that the news was good. Here, as everybody goes to Plan B, the news is stronger, edgy, and bittersweet. Here are men and...


The Heaven of Animals: Stories

by David James Poissant

In each of the stories in this remarkable debut, award-winning writer David James Poissant explores the tenuous bonds of family—fathers and sons, husbands and wives—as they are tested by the sometimes brutal...


The Walls of Delhi

by Uday Prakash & Jason Grunebaum

A street sweeper discovers a cache of black market money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress; an Untouchable races to reclaim his life that’s been stolen by an upper-caste identity...


Changing Planes: Stories

by Ursula K. Le Guin & Eric Beddow

The misery of waiting for a connecting flight at an airport (sitting for hours “on a blue plastic chair with metal tubes for legs bolted to the floor”) leads to the discovery of a way to visit other planes....


One Basket

by Edna Ferber

A rich, varied, and brilliant collection of some of the most-loved stories from one of America's favorite writers, chosen by the author herself, Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber.

At eighteen, Edna Ferber was...


Redeployment

by Phil Klay

Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes...


How Loveta Got Her Baby

by Nicholas Ruddock

Two young men and a girl go scavenging for fossils-but find something entirely different instead. A girl inherits a baby from the estate of her older sister. An apparently aimless young man turns out to have...