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The Wedding of Zein

by Tayeb Salih, Denys Johnson-Davies & Hisham Matar

“The Wedding of Zein” unfolds in the same village on the upper Nile where Tayeb Salih’s tragic masterpiece Season of Migration to the North is set. Here, however, the story that emerges through the overlapping,...


Paris Stories

by Mavis Gallant & Michael Ondaatje

A NEW YORK REVIEW BOOKS ORIGINAL

Mavis Gallant is a contemporary legend, a frequent contributor to The New Yorkerfor close to fifty years who has, in the words of The New York Times, "radically reshaped the...


The Cost of Living: Early and Uncollected Stories

by Mavis Gallant & Jhumpa Lahiri

A New York Review Books Original

Mavis Gallant is renowned as one of the great short-story writers of our day. This new gathering of long-unavailable or previously uncollected work presents stories from 1951...


Memory Wall: Stories

Story Prize 2010

by Anthony Doerr

In the wise and beautiful second collection from the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of All the Light We Cannot See, "Doerr writes about the big questions, the imponderables, the major metaphysical...


Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger

by Lee Smith

A celebrated novelist, Lee Smith is likewise recognized as a master of the short story and has been compared with such luminaries as Katherine Ann Porter, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O'Connor. Now she collects...


New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City

by Andrei Codrescu

For two decades NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu has been living in and writing about his adopted city, where, as he puts it, the official language is dreams. How apt that a refugee born in Transylvania found...


Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget: Inspired Stories About the Ragpicker, Lampshade Vendor, and Other Characters and Places of Old France

by Greg Bogaerts

Walking Paris Streets With Eugene Atget: Inspired Stories About the Ragpicker, Lampshade Vendor, and Other Characters and Places of Old France is a collection of sixteen stories inspired by photographs of early...


The Eight Curious Cases of Inspector Zhang

by Stephen Leather

Crimes are few and far between in the city-state of Singapore and the crimes that do occur are usually solved quickly and efficiently. But when there's a crime that has the police baffled, it's Inspector Zhang...


With a Little Help from My Fiends

by Michael McCarty & C. Dean Anderson

"Michael McCarty's 'A Little Help from My Fiends' truly shines. His collection of short stories is a lovingly created, watered with blood and harvested at the peak of ripeness kind of work. The approach to the...


After the People Lights Have Gone Off

by Stephen Graham Jones

A collection of literary horror stories that are unique, mesmerizing, and based on our everyday worries and fears.


Bloody Vampires

by Bobby Nayyar, Paul McDonald & HP Tinker

Thankfully there's more to vampires than soppy teenagers brooding in a forest. Rather we've injected a bit of bite into the genre by asking 10 authors to write their own vampire story. Their aim is to expand...


Eyehill

by Kelly Cooper

A remarkable debut collection, Kelly Cooper's Eyehill provides a multi-hued portrait of a small prairie town. Too small to support a high school or a drugstore, Eyehill is populated by men and women, who have...


The Bus of Dreams

by Mary Morris

In these fifteen deftly crafted stories, Mary Morris takes us to a Greek village, Cape Canaveral, South America, New York City in the heat of August—and into the heads and hearts of characters coming to know...


Going Over

by Alan Franks

Three novellas of which the the first 'Going Over' won the National Novella Competition in 'New Writer Magazine'. A young man walks across the north of England and, remembering his relationship with his father,...


Fugues on a Funny Bone

by Jan Woolf

A collection of short stories about children in a referral unit, the book also charts the relationship between a young man and woman who meet, part and come together again in and woman in unusual circumstances....


Dark Duets: Musical Mayhem

by Michael McCarty & Bentley Little

Michael McCarty assembles his "dream team" horror band, drawing on the talents of collaborators P.D. Cacek, Michael Romkey, Charlee Jacob, Jeffrey Thomas, Mark McLaughlin, Cindy McCarty, Teri A. Jacobs, R.L....


Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

by Yasutaka Tsutsui

An irresistible mix of imagination, satire, and humor, these stories by acclaimed Japanese author Yasutaka Tsutsui imagine the consequences of a world where the fantastic and the mundane collide.

 

The opening...


The Secret Documents of Sherlock Holmes

by June Thomson

This collection of stories, allegedly written by Doctor Watson, includes the theft of the Vatican cameos, the arrest of Huret the Boulevard assassin, and the terrible death of Crosby the banker.


Sandokan: A Novel

by Nanni Balestrini & Antony Shugaar

I'm never coming back to my home town.

A major Italian author’s tale of growing up with Italy’s most brutal criminal enterprise, the Camorra.

This striking novella is based on first-hand research of the...


All the Stories of Muriel Spark

by Muriel Spark

Four brand new tales are now added to New Directions' original 1997 cloth edition of Open to the Public. This new and complete paperback edition now contains every one of her forty-one marvelous stories, catnip...