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Break It Down

by Lydia Davis

The thirty-four stories in this seminal collection powerfully display what have become Lydia Davis’s trademarks—dexterity, brevity, understatement, and surprise. Although the certainty of her prose suggests...


Crimes in Southern Indiana

by Frank Bill

A ferocious debut that puts Frank Bill’s southern Indiana on the literary map next to Cormac McCarthy’s eastern Tennessee and Daniel Woodrell’s Missouri Ozarks

Crimes in Southern Indiana is the most blistering,...


Orientation

by Daniel Orozco

Breakfast’s boiled egg, the overhead hum of fluorescent lights, the midmorning coffee break—daily routines keep the world running. But when people are pushed—by a coworker’s taunt, a face-to-face encounter...


Natasha

by David Bezmozgis

Few readers had heard of David Bezmozgis before last May, when Harper's, Zoetrope, and The New Yorker all printed stories from his forthcoming collection. In the space of a few weeks, these magazines introduced...


The Civilized World

by Susi Wyss

A glorious literary debut set in Africa about five unforgettable women—two of them haunted by a shared tragedy—whose lives intersect in unexpected and sometimes explosive ways

When Adjoa leaves Ghana to...


The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

by Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers. She has been called “an American virtuoso of the short story form” (Salon) and “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” (Los...


The Spot

by David Means

The Spot is an old blacksmith shed in which three men tweeze apart the intricacies of a botched bank robbery.

The Spot is a park on the Hudson River, where two lovers sense their affair is about to come to an...


Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

by Wells Tower

Viking marauders descend on a much-plundered island, hoping some mayhem will shake off the winter blahs. A man is booted out of his home after his wife discovers that the print of a bare foot on the inside of...


The Stories of Bernard Malamud

by Bernard Malamud

Compassionate and profound in their wry humor, this collection of stories captures the poetry of human relationships at the point where reality and imagination meet.


Stillness

by Courtney Angela Brkic

A brave and unnerving debut collection about life in wartime

In 1991 a war began in Yugoslavia that would last four years and claim more than a quarter of a million lives. In her harrowing fiction debut, Courtney...


Transgressions

by Ed McBain

Forge Books is proud to present an amazing collection of novellas, compiled by New York Times bestselling author Ed McBain. Transgressions is a quintessential classic of never-before-published tales from today's...


Life & Other Passing Moments

by Victor J. Banis

In this collection of shorter pieces, Victor J. Banis demonstrates once again the astonishing breadth of his talent, covering virtually every facet of the human experience with astonishing brevity and clarity....


Stromata: Prose Works

by Cliff Burns

This volume is a compilation of the finest short fiction by acclaimed Canadian author, Cliff Burns. For over 2 1/2 decades, Cliff Burns has been challenging and astonishing readers with his surreal, terrifying...


The Bridegroom: Stories

by Ha Jin

From the remarkable Ha Jin, winner of the National Book Award for his celebrated novel Waiting, a collection of comical and deeply moving tales of contemporary China that are as warm and human as they are surprising,...


The Cows

by Lydia Davis

With her trademark precision, Davis turns her eye to three beloved cows, capturing them in celebratory, delighted detail.


Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories

by Joan Silber

Shortlisted for the National Book Award: "Joan Silber writes with wisdom, humor, grace, and wry intelligence. Her characters bear welcome news of how we will survive."-Andrea BarrettIntense in subject yet restrained...


Servants of the Map: Stories

by Andrea Barrett

"Luminous....Each [story] is rich and independent and beautiful and should draw Barrett many new admirers."-Publishers Weekly, starred reviewRanging across two centuries, and from the western Himalaya to an...


Cairo Stories

by Anne-Marie Drosso

Egypt is the setting for this collection, but the stories are universal –whether it’s the girl whose mother no longer recognises her, a young man who uses the changing political climate to avenge his despotic...


The Wide Net and Other Stories

by Eudora Welty

These eight stories reveal the singular imaginative power of one of America's most admired writers. Set in the Old Natchez Trace region, the stories dip in and out of history and range from virgin wilderness...


Yesterday's Weather: Stories

by Anne Enright

Man Booker winner Anne Enright’s story collection Yesterday’s Weather is a series of moving glimpses into the lives of ordinary men and women struggling with the bonds of love, family, and community in an...