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Short stories

See below for a selection of the latest books from Short stories category. Presented with a red border are the Short stories books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Short stories books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Some People Let You Down

Some People Let You Down

Author: Mike Alberti Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

The nine stories in Mike Alberti's debut collection shine a sharp light on small-town American life - not the Arcadian small towns of yesteryear, but the old mill towns hanging on after the mill has stopped running, the deserted agricultural communities in the middle of vast industrial farms, places where bad luck has become part of the weather. But even in these blighted, neglected landscapes, the possibility of renewal always presents itself: there is hope for these places and the characters who inhabit them. In these fresh, innovative stories, some people let you down, but some people don't.

The Short, The Long and The Tall

The Short, The Long and The Tall

Author: Jeffrey Archer Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2020

International number one bestselling author Jeffrey Archer is a master of the short story form, creating classic tales beloved by his fans and hitting the top of the bestseller lists with his previous collections. In The Short, The Long and The Tall the master storyteller joins forces with renowned illustrator Paul Cox, to re-imagine twenty of Jeffrey Archer's most popular and feted short stories alongside beautifully rendered watercolour illustrations. Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to solve a murder and ends up falling in love; and the pretentious schoolboy whose discovery of the origins of his father's wealth changes his life forever. Revel in the stories of the woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League university during the 1930s, and another young woman who thumbs a lift and has an encounter she will never forget. Discover the haunting story about four men whose characters are tested to the point of death. Finally, a short parable about how pointless war is, and how decent people are caught up in the crossfire of their leaders' ambitions. This will be a must-buy for dedicated fans of both the author and illustrator's work.

Roy's World

Roy's World

Author: Barry Gifford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2020

The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories

The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories

Author: Jessica Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Truman Capote makes whisky-soaked fruitcake in Alabama; Laurie Lee slides across a frozen pond in Gloucestershire; and Shirley Jackson is outwitted by a wily Santa Claus at the bank. Ghosts haunt the Christmases of Muriel Spark and Elizabeth Bowen, while Dostoyevsky, Daphne du Maurier and Italo Calvino take a cynical view of the season and Selma Lagerlof and Angela Carter celebrate its miracles. Ranging from Cork to Lagos to the Wild West, and from Paris to San Paolo to outer space, this is Christmas as imagined by some of the greatest short-story writers of all time.

Because They Wanted To

Because They Wanted To

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

First published in the late 1990s and a bestseller at the time, this incisive collection of short stories explores connection and disconnection in families, between ex-lovers and friends. From a father reflecting on the daughter whose lesbianism he cannot accept, to two people who were once young together stumbling over the foundations of their past, inside are twelve portraits of heart-rending emotional intimacy and the delicacy of relationships. Because They Wanted To is a perfectly formed set of stories about alienation in modern times.

Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge

Author: Various Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

In the old days, all werewolves were men. Margaret Atwood In this slyly subversive noir anthology, Joyce Carol Oates has invited some of the world's most celebrated authors to take their shot at the patriarchy. A fatal trip to the pool, a company that supplies 'the one black friend' to racist clients, a decapitation of a local political figure - these stories present a fresh and timely take on the gendered status quo. Featuring stories and poems from Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Valerie Martin, Aimee Bender, Edwidge Danticat, Sheila Kohler, S.A. Solomon, S.J. Rozan, Lucy Taylor, Cassandra Khaw, Bernice L. McFadden, Jennifer Morales, Elizabeth McCracken, Livia Llewellyn, Lisa Lim, and Steph Cha.

Father Guards the Sheep

Father Guards the Sheep

Author: Sari Rosenblatt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

In Sari Rosenblatt's collection, by turns tender and hilarious, we see fathers who are bullies and nervous watchdogs, haunted by their own pasts and fear of the future they may never see. And who do their daughters become? A substitute teacher who encounters mouthy students who believe she's not real. Another lands a job on her city's arson squad, researching derelict properties their owners might want to burn. A beleaguered mother, humiliated by the PTA's queen bee, finds solace in an ancient piece of caramel candy. 'I keep sucking,' she says, 'until some flavor, no longer caramel, comes out.' In the end, this is what all these finely wrought characters want: to wring sweetness from what's been passed down to them.Rosenblatt's comic sensibility, so present in these stories, entertains and consoles, while seeming to say to her readers: you might as well laugh.

In the Valley of the Kings

In the Valley of the Kings

Author: William Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

The seven stories comprising In the Valley of the Kings describe hard lives in the anthracite coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania, depicting with lyrical precision the moments in which lives shift or unravel, or achieve a fragile kind of grace. In the half-century after the coal's collapse, its people continue on among the silent ghosts of the past. A son recalls the night his parents' marriage unspooled; a father, haunted by the mystery of his lost daughter, finds himself in the ruins of town abandoned as an underground mine fire burns for half a century; a high school principal struggles for words in the eerie aftermath of group suicide, all in the gloomy but beautiful backdrop of a forgotten, past-haunted part of America. Novelistic in its scope, In the Valley of the Kings reveals an intricate portrait of the complexities of a single place.

Ancestry

Ancestry

Author: Eileen O'Leary Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

How does one live a good life? If you're Pat Graves, you change your name to Cecile Collette, move to Cleveland, and join three churches and the Rotary Club. For Cecile, who will reinvent herself again before the story ends, it may be possible to make Michigan and everything else she touches beautiful, but she'll come to grief when she tries to redesign another human being. In the title story, Mackenzie, a girl without looks or potential, builds a full life in Paris, based on the sketchy belief that she had an ancestor renowned for being dauntless. College freshman Adam, holding a fantasy of his newly discovered father, finds the man broke and foolish; still he does all he can to rescue his dad from a disastrous contract. Kate, convinced she's doing the right thing, helps her cousin gain full custody of his daughter, only realizing years later the truth of what happened. Watching CNN, a grandmother recalls a date she once had with a man now giving advice on foreign policy. Whether set in Scandinavia, America, France, England, Australia, or Nepal, these stories champion those who are tenacious in the face of life's surprises.

Unrestricted Access

Unrestricted Access

Author: James Rollins Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Experience the exciting breadth of #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins's wild imagination and adventurous spirit in this anthology of his short masterworks, including a new full-length novella featuring Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane, as well as eleven previously published short stories, gathered together for the first time. In this breathtaking collection of short fiction, his first ever anthology, James Rollins brings together twelve thrilling stories that dig a little deeper into his creative stomping grounds and open vistas into new landscapes and characters. At the center of Unrestricted Access is the never-before-published novella Sun Dogs. While trekking through the Sonora desert, a gunshot thrusts Tucker and Kane into an adventure that challenges their considerable skills. The discovery of secrets known only to the native tribes of Arizona threatens to unleash an ancient force that could irreparably alter the future. It also forces Tucker to make a terrible choice that will shatter his relationship with his soul-bonded companion Kane. As these partners learn, nothing remains buried forever and old debts must be paid, no matter the cost. Other stories-each with an introduction by James Rollins-are just as compelling, offering broader insight into this acclaimed master's fictional universes, including: The Pit : a young dog is kidnapped and brutalized into becoming the bloody champion of a dog-fighting ring. But can this tortured monster find redemption and a path back to the boy who first raised him with love and compassion? Tagger : A pair of teenage street artists must protect San Francisco from a demon who has been seeking revenge for centuries. The Devil's Bones : In this jungle adventure-the first joint story from Rollins and Steve Berry-Commander Gray Pierce and Cotton Malone must work together using their unique skills to survive a deadly threat. The stories The Midnight Watch, The Skeleton Key, Tracker, and Kowalski's in Love shine light into some of Sigma Force's secrets. Who were these characters before they were recruited by Sigma? What solo adventures did they experience? How do these short adventures tie into the larger Sigma universe? Rollins offers some clues. And rounding out this collection are a pair of entertaining stories Blood Brothers and City of Screams that complement The Order of the Sanguines series. Filled with adventure, intrigue, history, and speculative science, Unrestricted Access demonstrates Rollins's remarkable creative powers and is a must-have collection for his many fans.

Awkward Rhymes and The Spaces in Between

Awkward Rhymes and The Spaces in Between

Author: Victoria Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2020

Placed somewhere within the limits of our body and the limitless domain of our imagination, there is the source of tales. But where do they come from? Who knows? No good asking the author, who claims she is just a scribe to the Muse . This collection shows Victoria Pike's keen sense of the absurd and the surreal, in simple language and spare prose. On the grounds that everything is interesting, she notes the contradictions and ambivalence of human nature and finds that far-reaching themes can be contained in our small everyday existence. The subjects of the stories cross borders and continents, and they travel from Victorian times to the present, including some spells in a parallel dimension. From the crocheting Gypsy who aspires to become a first-class cobbler, to the plight of a bird in a '50s -style dress; from the descendant of Lucifer freelancing as a Good Samaritan, to the Queen's latest role as a life-coach, this small volume is filled with humour and horror, serenity and shock, pathos and bathos, all dropped from the same pen. The poems - on hope, love, life, art, war, and a cat called Morris - are placed in between the stories to act as passing clouds, for readers to clutch and keep hold of as they are led, dangling, on an extraordinary journey. This book provides an entertaining, unpredictable, good-hearted good read.

A City Burning

A City Burning

Author: Angela Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2020