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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!

The Psychiatrist and Other Stories

The Psychiatrist and Other Stories

Author: Machado De Assis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1963.

The Psychiatrist and Other Stories

The Psychiatrist and Other Stories

Author: Machado De Assis Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1963.

Paradise Block

Paradise Block

Author: Alice Ash Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

In Paradise Block, mould grows as thick as fur along the walls, alarms ring out at unexpected hours and none of the neighbours are quite what they seem. A little girl boils endless eggs in her family's burnt-out flat, an isolated old woman entices a new friend with gifts of cutlery and cufflinks, and a young bride grows frustrated with her unappreciative husband, the caretaker of creaking, dilapidated Paradise Block. With a haunting sense of place and a keen eye for the absurd, these thirteen surreal stories lure us into a topsy-turvy world where fleatraps are more important than babies and sales calls for luxury coffins provide a welcome distraction. Lonely residents live in close proximity while longing for connection.

Quiet Pine Trees

Quiet Pine Trees

Author: T. R. Darling Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

'This is the one true star-map,' he whispered. 'Time fluctuates wildly beyond our solar system. Everything we know about distance is wrong.' Quiet Pine Trees is jet fuel for your imagination and a wrecking ball against writer's block. This collection features more than 500 compelling miniature stories that turn the humble microfiction into a self-contained work of literary art. Within the limits of the form, each story combines powerful imagery with haunting themes using just a few words, making snapshots of bigger, stranger worlds to inspire the creativity of the reader. The multitude of stories in this volume span genres and galaxies alike: from science fiction about advanced time travel techniques, to otherworldly fantasy about desperate trees and artillery pianos, to eerie horror about the real reason dolls close their eyes.

Land of Big Numbers

Land of Big Numbers

Author: Te-Ping Chen Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

A dazzling debut collection which, deftly and urgently, tells the stories of those living in the biggest and most complicated country on earth. A brother competes for gaming glory while his twin sister exposes the dark side of the Communist government on her underground blog; a worker at a government call centre is alarmed one day to find herself speaking to a former lover; a delicious new fruit arrives at the neighbourhood market and the locals find it starts to affect their lives in ways they could never have imagined; and a young woman's dreams of making it big in Shanghai are stalled when she finds herself working as a florist. These are just some of the myriad lives to be evoked in The Land of Big Numbers, a collection of stories which - sometimes playfully, sometimes darkly - draws back the curtain on the realities of modern China and unveils a cast of characters as rich and complicated as any in world literature. With virtuosic brilliance, Te-ping Chen sheds light on a country much talked about but little understood and announces the birth of a bright new star in the literary firmament. A spectacular work, comic, timely, profound. Te-Ping Chen has a superb eye for detail in a China where transformation occurs simultaneously too fast and too slow for lives in pursuit of meaning in a brave new world. Her characters are achingly alive. It's rare to read a collection so satisfying, where every story adds to a gripping and intricate world. Madeleine Thien, author of the Booker-shortlisted Do Not Say We Have Nothing Te-Ping Chen shows us how much life, loss, and quiet pleasure exists in the world, just out of view. Alexandra Kleeman

Fallen Eagles

Fallen Eagles

Author: Bruce Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2021

Written in aid of the Huntington's Disease Youth Organisation (HDYO), with a foreword from Catherine Martin, CE of the HDYO. The title story, Fallen Eagles, is a Hamlet-inspired story about a Scottish boy who loses his idolised mountaineer father in an accident and blames his uncle to such an extent that he contemplates murder. Other stories take us to the French Revolution, the First World War and to more contemporary situations such as coming out, shaking off the parental yoke and exploring old and new love. Each story explores the diversity of young people's experiences as they emerge into adulthood and the wide-ranging themes are both contemporary and relatable to the modern reader.

Proceed With Caution

Proceed With Caution

Author: Patricia Ratto Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2021

The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus

The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus

Author: Allan Gurganus Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2021

John Irving writes of Allan Gurganus: His narration becomes a Greek chorus, Sophocles in North Carolina. Since the explosive publication of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All decades back, Gurganus has dazzled readers as the most technically gifted and morally responsive writer of his generation (John Cheever). These ten classic tales attest to the growing depth of his genius. Offering characters antic and tragic, Gurganus charts the human condition as we live it now. His parables recall William Faulkner's scope, Flannery O'Connor's corrosive wit. We encounter a seaside couple fighting to save their dog from Maine's fierce undertow; a mortician whose dedication to his departed clients exceeds all legal limits. A virginal 78-year-old grammar-school librarian has her only erotic encounter with a Joe Exotic-like polyamorous snake farmer. In the lead-off story, already excerpted in The New Yorker, cholera strikes a rural village in 1850 and citizens blame their doomed young doctor, who saved hundreds. A sublime ventriloquist, Gurganus again proves himself among our wisest writers.

A Bed for the King's Daughter

A Bed for the King's Daughter

Author: Shahla Ujayli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2021

A groundbreaking collection of experimental short fiction by award-winning Syrian author and Booker International Prize for Arabic Fiction nominee Shahla Ujayli, A Bed for the King's Daughter uses surrealism and irony to examine such themes as women's agency, the decline of collective life and imagination under modernity, and the effects of social and political corruption on daily life. In The Memoir of Cinderella's Shoes, Cinderella uses her famous glass slipper as a weapon in order to take justice into her own hands. In Tell Me About Surrealism, an art history professor's writing assignment reveals the slipperiness of storytelling, and in Merry Christmas, the realities of apartheid interfere with one family's celebration. Through twenty-two short stories, Ujayli animates-with brevity and inventiveness-themes relevant to both the particularities of life in the Arab world and life outside it.

The Boatman and Other Stories

The Boatman and Other Stories

Author: Billy O'Callaghan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

The breathtaking short story collection from the Costa-shortlisted Irish writer Three gunshots on the Irish border define the course of a young man's life; a writer clings fast to a star-crossed affair with a woman who has never been fully in his reach; a fisherman accustomed to hard labour rolls up his sleeves to dig a grave for his child; a pair of newly-weds embark on their first adventure, living wild on the deserted Beginish Island. Spanning a century and two continents - from the muddy fields of Ireland to a hotel room in Paris, a dingy bar in Segovia to an aeroplane bound for Taipei - these densely layered tales reveal the quiet heroism and gentle dignity of ordinary life. Ranging from the elegiac to the brutally confrontational, Billy O'Callaghan's stories explore the resilience of the human heart and its ability to keep beating even in the wake of grief, trauma and lost love. 'The best fiction I have read this year... Taut, subtle and moving, and brought off beautifully' John Banville, Best Books of 2020, Irish Times

Disorder

Disorder

Author: Leslie Kaplan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

Tymes goe by Turnes

Tymes goe by Turnes

Author: Cherry Potts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2020