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The Figure in the Carpet

by Henry James

Like many of Henry James' short stories, "The Figure in the Carpet" revolves around an artist whose body of work hides a deeper meaning and several other characters who bear the heavy burden of a momentous secret....


The Real Thing

by Henry James

This perfectly wrought little tale of a painter struggling with his muse brings together a number of the most important themes that renowned American writer Henry James returned to again and again in his work...


The House in the Mist: And the Ruby and the Caldron

by Anna Katherine Green

Settle in for a creepy read from the remarkable mind of expert mystery writer Anna Katherine Green. In "The House in the Mist," a road-weary traveler happens upon a beautiful house in the woods and, thinking...


X Y Z: A Detective Story

by Anna Katherine Green

Looking for a satisfying, meticulously plotted mystery with which to while away an afternoon? Look no further than "X Y Z," a short story from one of the most influential early writers in the genre, Anna Katherine...


The Beast in the Jungle

by Henry James

Regarded as one of Henry James' finest works, the short story "The Beast in the Jungle" centers around protagonist John Marcher and his seemingly bizarre phobia -- a pervasive sense of doom that prevents him...


Heart Songs and Other Stories

by Annie Proulx

Before she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx was already producing some of the finest short fiction in the country. Here are her collected stories, including two...


The Beast God Forgot to Invent

by Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison is an American master. The Beast God Forgot to Invent offers stories of culture and wildness, of men and beasts and where they overlap. A wealthy man retired to the Michigan woods narrates the tale...


The Importance of a Piece of Paper: Stories

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

In his first foray into short fiction, award-winning poet and memoirist Jimmy Santiago Baca explores the territory where old-world traditions meet new-world ambitions, and characters try to make something of...


In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd

by Ana Menendez

Pushcart Prize winner Ana Menendez landed firmly in the literary landscape last year with the hardcover publication of In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd. Reviewers overwhelmingly agree that she is an important...


Airships

by Barry Hannah

Now considered a contemporary classic, Airships was honored by Esquire magazine with the Arnold Gingrich Short Fiction Award. The twenty stories in this collection are a fresh, exuberant celebration of the new...


Woodcuts of Women: Stories

by Dagoberto Gilb

Dagoberto Gilb is an acknowledged master of the short story, the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, and a PEN/Faulkner finalist for his debut collection, The Magic of Blood, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship...


Sightseeing

by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

One of the most widely reviewed debuts of the year, Sightseeing is a masterful story collection by an award-winning young author. Set in contemporary Thailand, these are generous, radiant tales of family bonds,...


Seconds of Pleasure: Stories

by Neil LaBute

In Seconds of Pleasure, acclaimed award-winning director and playwright Neil LaBute, brings to the page his cutting humor and compelling take on the shadowy terrain of the human heart. Best known for his controversial...


The Loquat Eyes: More Tall Tales from Cotton County, Texas

by Ardath Mayhar

Wry narrator Solomon Peat presents 17 tall tales of Cotton County, Texas, including "The Day of the Boomers," "Fierce as a Banty Hen," "The Ring-Tailed Sidewinder," "The Skunk Works," "The Crooked-Tail Cow,"...


Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black

by Nadine Gordimer

"You’re not responsible for your ancestry, are you . . . But if that’s so, why have marched under banned slogans, got yourself beaten up by the police, arrested a couple of times; plastered walls with subversive...


Too Weird for Ziggy

by Sylvie Simmons

Sylvie Simmons has long been an acclaimed music journalist, interviewing and reporting on some of the most outsized personalities in rock. Her fiction debut, Too Weird for Ziggy, is a darkly comic, coruscatingly...


Youth: A Narrative

by Joseph Conrad

Polish-born writer Joseph Conrad's novels and short stories usually involve grizzled sailors past their prime battling their inner demons. The story "Youth: A Narrative" represents something of a departure from...


The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

by Arthur Conan Doyle

This ingeniously plotted whodunit from detective fiction master Arthur Conan Doyle will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. In a departure from form, Conan Doyle puts Dr. Watson into the driver's seat...


The Wife: And Other Short Stories

by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov & Constance Garnett

Fans of short fiction will love this collection from Anton Chekhov, the Russian author and physician whom many critics regard as one of the masters of the short story. The pieces brought together in this volume...


The Girl With the Golden Eyes

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

Settle in for a titillating tale of illicit passion, romantic entanglement, and murder. Honore de Balzac's novella The Girl With the Golden Eyes highlights the French writer's skillful ability to convey truths...