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Trust Me: Short Stories

by John Updike

The theme of trust, betrayed or fulfilled, runs through this collection of short stories: Parents lead children into peril, husbands abandon wives, wives manipulate husbands, and time undermines all. Love pangs,...


Too Far to Go: The Maples Stories

by John Updike

“The Maples stories trace the decline and fall of a marriage,” writes the author in his Foreword, a marriage that is threatened early on by the temptations of infidelity (“Snowing in Greenwich Village”)...


The Same Door: Short Stories

by John Updike

The title of John Updike’s first short story collection, published when the author was twenty-seven, alludes to the old superstition that you should enter and leave a house by the same door. Thus John Nordholm,...


Problems: And Other Stories

by John Updike

In this midcareer collection of twenty-three short stories, John Updike tackles such problems as separation, divorce, and remarriage, parents and children, guns and prostitution, leprosy, swooning, suffocation,...


Pigeon Feathers: And Other Stories

by John Updike

When this classic collection of stories first appeared—in 1962, on the author’s thirtieth birthday—Arthur Mizener wrote in The New York Times Book Review: “Updike is a romantic [and] like all American...


The Music School: Short Stories

by John Updike

The Music School is a place of learning, in which a sheltered South Dakota boy meets his roommate at Harvard, a rebel with whom he will have a violent—and ambiguous—physical encounter; a warring married...


Museums and Women: And Other Stories

by John Updike

Museums and Women gathers twenty-nine short stories from the 1960s and early 1970s. It is John Updike’s most various collection, a book as full of departures and surprises as the historical period that produced...


Selected Stories

by O. Henry & Guy Davenport

William Sydney Porter (1862-1910) published all of his work—a novel and some 300 short stories—under the pseudonym 0. Henry. His talent for vivid caricature, local tone, narrative agility, and compassion...


Doghouse Roses: Stories

by Steve Earle

Steve Earle has taken his considerable narrative talents -- already evidenced in a songwriting career spanning three decades -- and applied them to the page in DOGHOUSE ROSES, his first story collection. With...


Dictation: A Quartet

by Cynthia Ozick

Ozick’s latest work of fiction brings together four long stories, including the novella-length "Dictation," that showcase this incomparable writer’s sly humor and piercing insight into the human heart. Each...


Wifeshopping: Stories

by Steven Wingate

Wifeshopping centers on the ultimate human quest: the search for companionship, love, and understanding. These captivating stories feature American men, love-starved and striving, who try and often fail to connect...


Collected Stories of Carson McCullers

by Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers--novelist, dramatist, poet--was at the peak of her powers as a writer of short fiction. Here are nineteen stories that explore her signature themes: wounded adolescence, loneliness in marriage,...


One Season in the Sun

by Joe Schuster

These are the tales of one-season wonders. The history of baseball is filled with forgotten names-players who are good enough to reach the top of the sport but who, for any number of reasons, land at the edges...


This Will Be Difficult to Explain: And Other Stories

by Johanna Skibsrud

Nine loosely connected, hypnotic stories about memory and desire showcase one of fiction's bright new voices. In the Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author Johanna Skibsrud’s new book, nine loosely connected...


News from the World: Stories and Essays

by Paula Fox

“Not only can Fox see, she can hear, she can feel.”—Zadie Smith, Harper’s This gathering of Paula Fox’s short work spans her illustrious career, from 1965 to the present including perfectly turned...


Self Portraits: Fictions

by Frederic Tuten

“An amazing, glittering, glowing, Proustian, Conradian, Borgesian, diamond-faceted, language-studded, myth-drowned Dream!”—Cynthia Ozick. These mysterious, interrelated stories create a portrait of the...


The Nightingales of Troy: Connected Stories

by Alice Fulton

“Outstanding....Alice Fulton reveals herself to be triumphantly at home in the short story.”—Boston Sunday Globe In 1908, Mamie Garrahan faces childbirth aided by her arsenic-eating sister-in-law Kitty,...


Death Is Not an Option: Stories

by Suzanne Rivecca

“Ruthlessly frank. . . . Recalls Holden Caulfield by way of John Hughes.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice) In these stories, a teacher obsesses over a student who comes to class with...


The Last Chicken in America: A Novel in Stories

by Ellen Litman

"[An] elegantly constructed web of stories about Russian-Jewish immigrants....Warm, true and original."-New York Times Book ReviewIn twelve "pristine, entrancing" (Booklist) linked stories, Ellen Litman introduces...


Apparition & Late Fictions: A Novella and Stories

by Thomas Lynch

"Lynch has added another chapter to one of the most memorable records in American letters."—William Giraldi, New York Times Book Review These stories are linked by the gone and not forgotten: former spouses,...