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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....


Home

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

by Instaread Summaries

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

 

Preview:

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...


Rain

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....


Animal Heart: Stories by Paul Luikart

by Paul Luikart

A cabbie with a booze problem pities a murderer and helps him flee into the desert. A homeless woman teaches a businessman how to dance. A bank robber on the run does the only compassionate thing he’s ever...


The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin

by Alexander Pushkin

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection

 

A young noblewoman elopes with the wrong man in a blizzard. An army officer waits years to exact revenge on a count for a dormitory insult. Following a disparaging...


The Fat Artist and Other Stories

by Benjamin Hale

Prize-winning author Benjamin Hale’s fiction abounds with a love of language and a wild joy for storytelling. In prose alternately stark, lush and hallucinatory, occasionally nightmarish and often absurd,...


Remarkable

by Dinah Cox

Award-winning short stories survey the Great Plains landscape and the complex, resilient lives of its inhabitants--sad, funny, and always remarkable.


Spencer Tracy Is Not Dead

by Sam Shepard

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection

 

The ride to the tiny village in Mexico where he’s due to film has not been easy. The actor has to first put up with Gunther, a maniac German driver in...


Come Out the Wilderness

by James Baldwin

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection

 

James Baldwin’s commanding prose remains as pressing in its compassionate portrayal of marginalized figures today as it was during the peak of the Civil...


Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly

by Dave Eggers

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection

 

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Dave Eggers displays his emotional range in this quiet tour-de-force from How We Are Hungry, the often funny...


Stone Mattress: A Story

by Margaret Atwood

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection

The author of such towering novels as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood proves her imaginative prowess dazzles just...


Summary of The Japanese Lover: by Isabel Allende | Summary & Analysis

by Instaread Summaries

Summary of The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

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The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende is a novel that chronicles a forbidden but passionate romance that grows between two people over time, and how...


The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection

 

The fantastical story by beloved Jazz Age writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald—a dark and gleaming fairy tale about the excesses of wealth and the promise of the...