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The Quantity Theory of Insanity

by Will Self

What is there is only a limited amount of sanity in the world and the real reason people go mad is because somebody has to? What if a mysterious tribe in the Amazon rainforest turn out to be the most boring...


What Becomes

by A. L. Kennedy

Twice selected for Granta’s list of Best Young British Novelists, winner of the 2007 Costa Book Award for her acclaimed novel Day (“Day is a novel of extraordinary complexity”—The New York Review of...


Elijah Visible

by Thane Rosenbaum

With the publication of Elijah Visible, Thane Rosenbaum emerged as a fresh and important new voice on the American literary scene, a young writer in the great Jewish storytelling tradition of Isaac Bashevis...


Jenny and the Jaws of Life

by Jincy Willett & David Sedaris

In these wonderfully funny and poignant stories, Willett's eccentric, complex characters think and do the unconventional. Soft, euphonic women gradually grow old; weak, unhappy men confront love and their own...


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....


Object Lessons

by The Paris Review

New York Magazine Best Book of the Year

A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year 

Twenty contemporary authors introduce twenty sterling examples of the short story from the pages of The Paris Review. What...


One Life at a Time, Please

by Edward Abbey

From stories about cattlemen, fellow critics, his beloved desert, cities, and technocrats to thoughts on sin and redemption, this is one of our most treasured writers at the height of his powers.


Jesus' Son

by Denis Johnson

Recently adapted for the screen, this now-classic collection of ten stories from the author of Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Angels is narrated by a young man, a recovering alcholic and heroin addict whose...


Varieties of Disturbance

by Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis has been called “one of the quiet giants in the world of American fiction” (Los Angeles Times), “an American virtuoso of the short story form” (Salon), an innovator who attempts “to remake...


The Question of Bruno: Stories

by Aleksandar Hemon

In this stylistically adventurous, brilliantly funny tour de force-the most highly acclaimed debut since Nathan Englander's-Aleksander Hemon writes of love and war, Sarajevo and America, with a skill and imagination...


The Appearance of a Hero

by Peter Levine

"Levine’s stories are riveting and subtle, shot through with a muted wisdom and palpable compassion." ―Publisher's Weekly

Tom Mahoney is the golden boy everyone knew in school: good-looking, charming, an...


Samuel Johnson Is Indignant

by Lydia Davis

From one of our most imaginative and inventive writers, a crystalline collection of perfectly modulated, sometimes harrowing and often hilarious investigations into the multifaceted ways in which human beings...


We Should Never Meet

by Aimee Phan

Compelling, moving, and beautifully written, the interlinked stories that make up We Should Never Meet alternate between Saigon before the city's fall in 1975 and present-day "Little Saigon" in Southern California---exploring...


Cliffs of Fall

by Shirley Hazzard

From the author of The Great Fire, a collection of stories about love and acceptance, expectations and disappointment

Shirley Hazzard’s stories are sharp, sensitive portrayals of moments of crisis. Whether...


Smut

by Alan Bennett

One of England’s finest and most loved writers explores the uncomfortable and tragicomic gap between people’s public appearance and their private desires in two tender and surprising stories.

In The Greening...


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...


American Masculine

by Shann Ray

Winner of the 2010 Bakeless Prize for Fiction, a muscular debut that reconfigures the American West

The American West has long been a place where myth and legend have flourished. Where men stood tall and lived...


Jump and Other Stories

by Nadine Gordimer

Fifteen thematically and geographically wide-ranging stories from the Nobel Prize Winner, with settings ranging from suburban London to Mozambique.


In This Light

by Melanie Rae Thon & Sharon L. Rae Jansen

A vibrant selection of stories from the author of Sweet Hearts and First, Body

This selection of Melanie Rae Thon’s stories showcases her breathtaking ability to become each one of her characters, to move...


The Short Stories of Langston Hughes

by Langston Hughes, Akiba Sullivan Harper & Arnold Rampersad

This collection of forty-seven stories written between 1919 and 1963--the most comprehensive available--showcases Langston Hughes's literary blossoming and the development of his personal and artistic concerns....