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Ecstatic Cahoots

by Stuart Dybek

In this remarkable collection of bite-size stories, Stuart Dybek, one of our most prodigious writers, explores the human appetite for rapture and for trust. With fervent intensity and sly wit, he gives each...


Inside Madeleine

by Paula Bomer

"With surgical insight, Inside Madeline delves into the most complex female territory imaginable and dissects until every honest bone is revealed. Bomer's prose doesn't flinch, doesn't filter—the bravery of...


Black Vodka: Ten Stories

by Deborah Levy

The stories in Black Vodka, by acclaimed author Deborah Levy, are perfectly formed worlds unto themselves, written in elegant yet economical prose. She is a master of the short story, exploring loneliness and...


American Innovations

by Rivka Galchen

A brilliant new collection of short stories from “the conspicuously talented” (Time) Rivka Galchen

In one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka’s Galchen’s American Innovations, a young woman’s...


Chestnut Street

by Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she...


Tales of Hearsay

by Joseph Conrad

Although English was not his native tongue, Polish-born Joseph Conrad honed his language skills over his lifetime and would eventually become enshrined as one of the masters of English literature. As a sailor,...


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....


Almost No Memory

by Lydia Davis

Philosophical inquiry, examinations of language, and involuted domestic disputes are the focus of Lydia Davis’s inventive collection of short fiction, Almost No Memory. In each of these stories, Davis reveals...


Marry Me

by Dan Rhodes

Offering a wry, sharp, and unfailingly honest look at marital life (and strife), in 79 (very) short stories. Rhodes's deft use of language spares no emotion and leaves no romantic stone unturned-husbands, wives,...


The New Yorker Stories

by Ann Beattie

When Ann Beattie began publishing short stories in The New Yorker in the mid-seventies, she emerged with a voice so original, and so uncannily precise and prescient in its assessment of her characters’ drift...


Damned If I Do

by Percival Everett

Damned If I Do is an exceptional new collection of short stories by Percival Everett, author of the highly praised and wickedly funny novel Erasure

People are just naturally hopeful, a term my grandfather used...


Big Picture

by Percival Everett

Winner of the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature

The characters in Big Picture, Percival Everett’s darkly comic collection of stories, are often driven to explosive, life-changing...


This Is Not an Accident: Stories

by April Wilder

From a truly distinctive voice brimming with wicked humor, tales of the little disasters that befall and befuddle us

April Wilder's characters (some normal, some less so) have this in common: they are spiraling...


Praying Drunk

by Kyle Minor

Masterfully blended fiction and autobiography explores the lives of missionaries, drug addicts, and childhood bullies in Kentucky, Florida, and Haiti.


One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

by B. J. Novak

B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction....


Man V. Nature

by Diane Cook

A refreshingly imaginative, daring debut collection of stories that illuminates with audacious wit the complexity of human behavior, and the veneer of civilization over our darkest urges.

Told with perfect rhythm...


Intimacy and Midnight All Day: A Novel and Stories

by Hanif Kureishi

Together in one volume -- Hanif Kureishi's highly acclaimed and controversial novel, Intimacy, and, available for the first time, his latest collection of provocative short stories, Midnight All Day.

Jay, the...


The Shell Collector: Stories

by Anthony Doerr

In this astonishingly assured, exquisitely crafted debut collection, Anthony Doerr takes readers from the African coast to the suburbs of Ohio, from sideshow pageantry to harsh wilderness survival, charting...


Mothers and Sons: Stories

by Colm Toibin

Each of the nine stories in this beautifully written, intensely intimate collection centers on a transformative moment that alters the delicate balance of power between mother and son, or changes the way they...


East, West: Stories

by Salman Rushdie

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Satanic Verses comes nine stories that reveal the oceanic distances and the unexpected intimacies between East and West. Daring, extravagant, comical and humane, this...