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The Cage Keeper: And Other Stories

by Andre Iii Dubus

Passion and betrayal, violent desperation, ambivalent love that hinges on hatred, and the quest for acceptance by those who stand on the edge of society-these are the hard-hitting themes of a stunningly crafted...


Never Been Better

by Thiam Chin O

In this collection of stories, O Thiam Chin has created a series of unforgettable, deeply affecting portraits of individuals whose intersections of loves and losses mark the dawn of awareness and longing in...


Instant Love: Fiction

by Jami Attenberg

“We are all walking around this city with our hearts sadly swimming in our chests, like dying fish on the surface of a still pond. It’s enough to make you give up entirely.” —from Instant Love

But we...


Doctor Olaf Van Schuler's Brain

by Kirsten Menger-Anderson

In 1664 Dr. Olaf van Schuler flees the Old World and arrives in New Amsterdam with his lunatic mother, two bags of medical implements, and a carefully guarded book of his own medicines. He is the first in what...


Tooth and Claw: and Other Stories

by T.C. Boyle

Since his first collection of stories, Descent of Man, appeared in 1979, T.C. Boyle has become an acknowledged master of the form who has transformed the nature of short fiction in our time. Among the fourteen...


Wound Ballistics

by Steven Manners

The short stories in Wound Ballistics explore the shifting psychology of men and women in their efforts to communicate. In Telescope, an anonymous narrator pulls back the curtain on an elaborate fantasy of revenge....


We, the Children of Cats

by Tomoyuki Hoshino

By turns teasing and terrifying, laconic and luminous, the stories in this anthology are drawn from sources as diverse as Borges, Nabokov, Garcia-Marquez, and traditional Japanese folklore, and yet they ultimately...


Battleborn

Dylan Thomas Prize 2013, Story Prize 2012

by Claire Vaye Watkins

Winner of the 2012 Story Prize

Recipient of the 2012 American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award

A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" fiction writer of 2012

Like the work of Cormac McCarthy,...


Agnes Owens: The Complete Short Stories

by Agnes Owens

’A terrific collection,’ - The Times ’Her black humour and piercing observation bear comparison with the work of Muriel Spark,’ - Guardian ’It’s almost impossible to pick up this substantial collection...


Love and Hydrogen: New and Selected Stories

by Jim Shepard

I’ve been a problem baby, a lousy son, a distant brother, an off-putting neighbor, a piss-poor student, a worrisome seatmate, an unreliable employee, a bewildering lover, a frustrating confidante and a crappy...


A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories

Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award 2006, Guardian First Book Award 2006, Frank O'Connor Short Story Award 2005

by Yiyun Li

Brilliant and original, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers introduces a remarkable new writer whose breathtaking stories are set in China and among Chinese Americans in the United States. In this rich, astonishing...


Repeat This and You're Dead

by Lawrence Russell

With gritty and unforgiving realism, these "short short stories" cast a harsh eye on the Ireland of the last half of this century.


Tales

by Edgar Allan Allan Poe

Tales, by Edgar Allan Poe, is a collection of twenty-five stories from the literary father of the mysterious and the macabre. These individual pieces, which include 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. And 'Silence:...


Things that Fall from the Sky

by Kevin Brockmeier

Weaving together loss and anxiety with fantastic elements and literary sleight-of-hand, Kevin Brockmeier’s richly imagined Things That Fall from the Sky views the nagging realities of the world through a hopeful...


Video: Stories

by Meera Nair

The ten exquisitely crafted stories in Video introduce a gifted new writer whose straight-forward, elegant prose and bewitching storytelling talent combine in brilliant miniatures of contemporary Indian life....


Sorry Please Thank You: Stories

by Charles Yu

The author of the widely praised debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe returns with a hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly original collection of short stories.

 

A big-box store employee...


The Darts of Cupid: Stories

by Edith Templeton

When Edith Templeton’s stories began appearing in The New Yorker in the late 1950s, she quickly became a favorite of the magazine’s discerning readers. Her finely honed writing, honestly drawn heroines,...


The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa: Stories

by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

With the stories in her first collection, Elizabeth Stuckey-French establishes herself as a smart new voice in American fiction and stakes her claim to a territory somewhere on the edge of stability, where normal...


A Song for Nettie Johnson

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2002

by Gloria Sawai

In her stunning, Governor-General's-Award-winning debut collection of short stories, Gloria Sawai examines the heartbreaking lives of people on the margins.


The Early Stories: 1953-1975

PEN/Faulkner Award 2004

by John Updike

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

 

A harvest and not a winnowing, this volume collects 103 stories, almost all of the short fiction that John Updike wrote between 1953 and 1975. “How rarely it...