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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....


The Nimrod Flipout

by Etgar Keret, Institute for Translation of Hebrew Literature, Miriam Shlesinger & Sondra Silverston

From Israel's most popular and acclaimed young writer--"Stories that are short, strange, funny, deceptively casual in tone and affect, stories that sound like a joke but aren't" (Yann Martel, author of Life...


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,...


Little Infamies

by Panos Karnezis

Cunning, fantastical tales about a Greek village of the imagination, from a startling new talent

Panos Karnezis' remarkable stories are all set in the same nameless Greek village. His characters are the people...


The Girl on the Fridge

by Etgar Keret, Miriam Shlesinger & Sondra Silverston

A birthday-party magician whose hat tricks end in horror and gore; a girl parented by a major household appliance; the possessor of the lowest IQ in the Mossad—such are the denizens of Etgar Keret’s dark...


It's Beginning to Hurt

by James Lasdun

The stories in this remarkable collection—including “An Anxious Man,” winner of the National Short Story Prize (UK)—are vibrant and gripping. James Lasdun’s great gift is his unfailing psychological...


Antipodes

by Ignacio Padilla & Alastair Reid

From the author of the award-winning novel Shadow Without a Name, comes Antipodes, the first collection of his short fiction to be translated into English. This lively, eclectic, and highly imaginative volume...


The Collected Stories

by Leonard Michaels

Leonard Michaels was a master of the short story. His collections are among the most admired, influential, and exciting of the last half century. The Collected Stories brings them back into print, from the astonishing...


Twilight of the Superheroes

by Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg is nearly unmatched in her mastery of the short-story form. Now, in her newest collection, she demonstrates once again her virtuosic abilities in precisely distilled, perfectly shaped studies...


The Laying On of Hands

by Alan Bennett

Three stories in one volume from one of Britain's most admired authors and playwrights. The Laying On Of Hands is Bennett at his inimitable best in this funny, and mischievous satire about a society memorial...


The Cubs and Other Stories

by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Cubs and Other Stories is Mario Vargas Llosa’s only volume of short fiction available in English. Vargas Llosa’s domain is the Peru of male youth and machismo, where life’s dramas play themselves out...


Untold Stories

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2005

by Alan Bennett

"[Bennett] does what only the best writers can do--make us look at ourselves in a way we've never done before." --Michael Palin

Untold Stories brings together some of the finest and funniest writing by one of...