Articles tagged short stories

T.C. Boyle’s  ‘The Relive Box and Other Stories’ Will Leave You Reeling

Humorous, compassionate, unpredictable, weathered (literally and figuratively), brutal, and magically realistic -- this is a collection of stories that matters.

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Recipients of the Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, Anthologized

The common thread in Pen America Best Debut Stories 2017 is a simple and succinct style and a desire to tell a good story free from the bells and whistles that sometimes scream “MFA”.

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‘Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country…’ Will Pull Some Clever Twists on You

Chavisa Woods' characters lean on observation but shy away from judgment, leaving her readers to apply their own values to the happenings in the stories.

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Junot Díaz’s Favorite Short Stories: the Future of American Literature Shines Bright

After finishing this compilation, I knew I preferred the puncture wounds of a lethal short story to the blunt force trauma of a novel.

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Joyce Carol Oates’ ‘Dis Mem Ber’ Paces the Blurred Line Between Horror and Reality

For all the horror, the blood and ugliness, nothing in these pages is all that unthinkable.

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‘Boundless’ Captures the Alienating Effects of Media Consumption

Explorations of consumer alienation by an emerging master of graphic storytelling.

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Poetry and Imagery in Abdellah Taïa’s ‘Another Morocco’

Taïa is a writer whose talent shines brightly enough to illuminate the difference between an imitator and an original.

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Each of the Stories in Murakami’s ‘Men Without Women’ Is a Psychological and Existential Mystery

If Lars Svendsen helps one to understand loneliness cognitively, Haruki Murakami allows one to experience it affectively, giving it a slow, desperate pulse.

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Speculating About Daunting Futures in Sci-fi Anthology, ‘Northern Stars’

Disaffection, alienation, a search for lost compassion, and the mechanical, cold reality of passionless sex are just a few of the themes linking many of the stories here.

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Between Comfort and Threat, Thriving and Despair: Stories From Iceland

The affluence enjoyed by many in these pages pales before the ultimate mysteries suffusing the island.

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The Romantic Nightmare in Alfred Döblin’s ‘Bright Magic’

The stories in this collection are circular, puzzling; they often end as cruelly as they do quietly, the characters and their journeys extinguished with poisonous calm.

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No Country for Broken Men in Joseph Scapellato’s ‘Big Lonesome’

Even at their most impenetrable and monotonous, the stories here are still rich with refined poeticism and imagination.

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Take a Vacation From Despair With ‘The Dark and Other Love Stories’

Deborah Willis enchants and transports with 11 stories of adolescent friendship, Canada, and birds.

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‘The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016’ Takes a Different Approach, This Year

When I learned that the content chosen for this anthology had been selected by high school students, I got nervous.

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Enthusiastic Dispassion in Eve Babitz’s ‘Slow Days, Fast Company’

Whether these tales are intentionally remote or the projection and appropriations of Babitz’s own afflicted desires, her ability for sagacious detail is never obscured.

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Walter Benjamin’s Fiction in ‘The Storyteller’ Is a Warm Cure for an Academic Hangover

A master of the theory of craft puts his money where his mouth is, revealing a precise descriptive power that gracefully commands plot and characterization.

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Sex, Lies, and Sleeping Aids: ‘Scary Old Sex’

On the whole, Heyman definitely has a sharp, witty take on heterosexual relations and is attuned to the comedy inherent in the act itself.

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Don’t Forget to Breathe While Reading ‘Music for Wartime’

Music for Wartime is an exceptional collection that further cements Makkai as one of today’s strongest fiction writers.

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‘Sleep of the Righteous’ Underlines Why Hilbig Had Won Almost Every German Literary Prize

Life within East Germany is exposed in all its repressive, absurd horror in a recently translated collection of short stories by Wolfgang Hilbig.

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The Empty Apocalypse of Style

Muslim's short story collection, Age of Blight, is conceptually interesting but stylistically and thematically shallow.

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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