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Venus Drive

by Sam Lipsyte

An intense, mordantly funny collection of short fiction from the author of Home Land and The Ask.

A man with an "old soul" finds himself at a Times Square peep show, looking for more than just a little action....


The Secret Lives of People in Love: Stories

by Simon Van Booy

The Secret Lives of People in Love is the first short story collection by award-winning writer Simon Van Booy. These stories, set in Kentucky, New York, Paris, Rome, and Greece, are a perfect synthesis of intensity...


In Strange Gardens and Other Stories

by Peter Stamm & Michael Hofmann

With the precision of a surgeon, Peter Stamm cuts to the heart of the fragile and revealing moments of everyday life.

They are bankers, students, mothers, or retirees. They live in New York City or somewhere...


The Nightingales of Troy: Connected Stories

by Alice Fulton

“Outstanding....Alice Fulton reveals herself to be triumphantly at home in the short story.”—Boston Sunday Globe In 1908, Mamie Garrahan faces childbirth aided by her arsenic-eating sister-in-law Kitty,...


The Best of Joe R. Lansdale

by Joe R. R. Lansdale

By turns absurd, hilarious, and terrifying, this outrageous collection features the best writings of the high priest of Texan weirdness. Odd-ball detectives, malicious rocks, spectral prehistoric fish, and vampire...


An Ambulance Is on the Way: Stories of Men in Trouble

by Jonathan Wilson

National Jewish Book Award finalist Jonathan Wilson’s uproariously funny stories showcase the neuroses of suburban men as they ruminate, self-medicate, and acclimate to the rhythms of middle age.

From the slacker...


Trouble: Stories

by Patrick Somerville

A VINTAGE ORIGINAL

In this hilarious and wildly inventive debut, including a title story that was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Patrick Somerville charts the dangerous territories of adolescence and adulthood...


Stories

by Doris Lessing

This major collection contains all of Doris Lessing’s short fiction, other than the stories set in Africa, from the beginning of her career until now. Set in London, Paris, the south of France, the English...


Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever: Stories

by Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor's crystalline, spare, and oddly moving prose cuts to the quick. His characters are guided by misapprehensions that bring them to hilarious but often tragic impasses with reality: a high school...


Something Is Out There

by Richard Bausch

From the prizewinning novelist and world-renowned short-story writer, the author of 2008’s universally acclaimed novel Peace (“A brilliant one-act drama depicting the futility and moral complexity of combat”...


Short, Shorter and Shorter Stories III

Short, Shorter and Shorter Stories II

Short, Shorter and Shorter Stories I

Wild Child: And Other Stories

by T. C. Boyle

A superb new collection from "a writer who can take you anywhere" (The New York Times)

In the title story of this rich new collection, T.C. Boyle has created so vivid and original a retelling of the story...


The Praetor and Other Stories

by Aurel Stancu & Petru Iamandi

The thirty-two stories in this new collection reflect the differences between man's real self and the various masks he has to wear in a Romanian society that vacillates between nostalgia for its communist past...


Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

by Yasutaka Tsutsui

An irresistible mix of imagination, satire, and humor, these stories by acclaimed Japanese author Yasutaka Tsutsui imagine the consequences of a world where the fantastic and the mundane collide.

 

The opening...


Day Out of Days: Stories

by Sam Shepard

From one of our most admired writers: a collection of stories set mainly in the fertile imaginative landscape of the American West, written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor that have...


Where the God of Love Hangs Out: Fiction

by Amy Bloom

BONUS: This edition contains a Where the God of Love Hangs Out discussion guide.

Love, in its many forms and complexities, weaves through this collection by Amy Bloom, theNew York Times bestselling author of ...


ODD - Short Stories and Poems

by Colin Williams

Writing a meaningful synopsis is the hardest part of the book. The stories and poems were generated by thoughts in my mind that, if ever they were going to arrive at some closure, needed to be consigned to paper....


Fun with Problems

by Robert Stone

In Fun with Problems, Robert Stone demonstrates once again that he is “one of our greatest living writers” (Los Angeles Times). The stories in this new collection share the signature blend of longing,...