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While the Women Are Sleeping

by Javier Marias & Margaret Jull Costa

A dozen unforgettable stories by “one of the most original writers at work today” (Wyatt Mason, The New York Times Book Review). Slippery figures in anomalous situations — ghosts, spies, bodyguards, criminals...


In the Penny Arcade: Stories (American Literature Series)

by Steven Millhauser

Winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize.After the success of his first novels (Edwin Mullhouse and Portrait of a Romantic), Steven Millhauser went on to enchant critics and readers with two short story collections...


The Barnum Museum (American Literature Series)

by Steven Millhauser

"A stunning paean to the power of imagination. . . . Certainly the work of one of our best writers at the top of his form. . . . So convincing that the most skeptical reader will be swept away."-San Francisco...


The Lives of Things

by José|Pontiero, Giovanni Saramago

The Lives of Things collects José Saramago’s early experiments with the short story form, attesting to the young novelist’s imaginative power and incomparable skill in elaborating the most extravagant fantasies....


Homemade Humble Pie: and Other Slices of Life

by Annette Smith

A collection of charming stories that emphasize the beauty and joy of everyday life.


How I Found America: Collected Stories of Anzia Yezierska (Second Edition)

by Anzia Yezierska & Vivian Gornick

An indispensable volume of immigrant literature. Individually, each of these 27 stories is authentic and immediate, as memorable as family history passed from one generation to the next; taken together, they...


The Insufferable Gaucho

by Roberto Bolano & Chris Andrews

These five astonishing stories, along with two compelling essays, show Bolano as a magician, pulling bloodthirsty rabbits out of his hat. The stories in The Insufferable Gaucho — unpredictable and daring,...


The Collected Stories

by Dylan Thomas, Walford Davies & Leslie Norris

This gathering of all Dylan Thomas's stories, ranging chronologically from the dark, almost surrealistic tales of Thomas's youth to such gloriously rumbustious celebrations of life as A Child's Christmas in...


What Is All This?: Uncollected Stories

by Stephen Dixon

An uncompromising collection of modern fiction. Stephen Dixon is one of the literary world’s best-kept secrets. For the last thirty years he has been quietly producing work for both independent literary publishers...


The Wall: (Intimacy) and Other Stories

by Jean-Paul Sartre & Lloyd Alexander

One of Sartre’s greatest existentialist works of fiction, The Wall contains the only five short stories he ever wrote. Set during the Spanish Civil War, the title story crystallizes the famous philosopher’s...


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

Eighty stories that display O. Henry's comic eye and unique, ironic approach to life's realities. These stories about con men and tricksters and 'innocent' deceivers, about fate, luck, and coincidence, have...


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...