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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 Haunting of Strawberry Water

The Haunting of Strawberry Water

Author: Tara Gould Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2020

A new mother, traumatised by an arduous labour, tries to come to terms with being abandoned as a baby by Olivia, the mother she never knew. Set in the eponymous `Strawberry Water', a mysterious 1920s country bungalow which overlooks a fast-flowing river, the story begins with a faded photograph of the woman our narrator assumes to be her mother. Spotlight is a collaboration between Creative Future, New Writing South and Myriad Editions to discover, guide and support writers who are under-represented due to mental or physical health issues, disability, race, class, gender identity or social circumstance. In the same series: Stroking Cerberus by Jacqueline Haskell; Memories of a Swedish Grandmother by Sarah Windebank; Summon by Elizabeth Ridout; Crumbs by Ana Tewson-Bozic and Cora Vincent by Georgina Aboud.

Crumbs

Crumbs

Author: Ana Tewson-Bozic Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2020

Julja's teenhood games take a serious turn as she becomes inducted into a computer cult. The surge of dopamine in her brain connects her with psychic aliens and chemical conspiracies, sordid and secret. On this dark journey of discovery, she pops pills prescribed by Big Pharm and relinquishes all ties to her sanity as she attempts to reach a heaven full of voices and gods. Spotlight is a collaboration between Creative Future, New Writing South and Myriad Editions to discover, guide and support writers who are under-represented due to mental or physical health issues, disability, race, class, gender identity or social circumstance. In the same series: Cora Vincent by Georgina Aboud; Memories of a Swedish Grandmother by Sarah Windebank; Summon by Elizabeth Ridout; Stroking Cerberus by Jacqueline Haskell and The Haunting of Strawberry Water by Tara Gould.

Cora Vincent

Cora Vincent

Author: Georgina Aboud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2020

Cora, a once promising actress, is trapped by circumstances and immobilized by a disheartening career path, failed relationships and a battered sense of self. Set against a background of a country split by politics and disjointed through lives that are increasingly isolated and lonely, this is a short, sharp story of small victories and immense moral courage. Spotlight is a collaboration between Creative Future, New Writing South and Myriad Editions to discover, guide and support writers who are under-represented due to mental or physical health issues, disability, race, class, gender identity or social circumstance. In the same series: Stroking Cerberus by Jacqueline Haskell; Memories of a Swedish Grandmother by Sarah Windebank; Summon by Elizabeth Ridout; Crumbs by Ana Tewson-Bozic and The Haunting of Strawberry Water by Tara Gould.

Rosa Luxemburg's Blouse

Rosa Luxemburg's Blouse

Author: Susan Bellos Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

Rosa Luxemburg's Blouse is a set of acerbic, often funny, short stories which are all set in Jerusalem. They are often about people, especially women, feeling trapped or being driven to madness by the extreme pressure to conform in a not quite fascist, not quite apartheid society. The book deals squarely with what people in Israel feel about being boycotted by the rest of the world. `The Arsonists' is about racism and ideals gone mouldy, `How I Learned to Play Scrabble' is about the perception of mad women in Israel, and `Only the Lonely' is about sex and sensibility within the Jerusalem Sephardi community. They reflect too, what remains of the world of the dwindling Jewish left liberals of Jerusalem, constantly aware of their own irrelevance in today's Israel.

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick Stories from the Harlem Renaissance

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick Stories from the Harlem Renaissance

Author: Zora Neale Hurston Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2020

From one of the greatest writers of our time (Toni Morrison)--the author of Barracoon and Their Eyes Were Watching God--a collection of remarkable stories, including eight lost Harlem Renaissance tales now available to a wide audience for the first time. In 1925, Barnard student Zora Neale Hurston--the sole black student at the college--was living in New York, desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world. During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognized as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston's lost Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives. These stories challenge conceptions of Hurston as an author of rural fiction and include gems that flash with her biting, satiric humor, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston's world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer's voice and her contributions to America's literary traditions.

The Heartsick Diaspora, and other stories

The Heartsick Diaspora, and other stories

Author: Elaine Chiew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

In the title story (runner-up in the 2018 UK Bridport Prize) four Asian writers are flummoxed by the sexual shenanigans that start when a handsome young Asian writer joins their support group. In other stories, three Singaporean daughters welcome their mother on a first visit to London and quarrel over steamboat; a Chinese woman raps about being a Tiger Mother; an elderly Chinese woman finds that it isn't race that estranges, but the inability to tell the truth; and an ethnic writer takes on Eastern mythology in a metaphoric quest to understand the anxiety of Western literary influence.

Hotel du Jack

Hotel du Jack

Author: Dan Brotzel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

A woman granted a superpower discovers it's more trouble than it's worth. A neighbourhood forum becomes the setting for a bizarre ghost story. A children's entertainer wrestles with problems that are nothing to joke about. A harassed dad attempts to meet the challenge of the primary school cake competition. By turns tender and satirical, witty and bizarre, the stories in this debut collection cast a fresh eye on first-world problems. Funny and humane, they zoom in on the absurdities and poignancies in work, family, love and loss in our frenetic modern lives.

The Book of Newcastle A City in Short Fiction

The Book of Newcastle A City in Short Fiction

Author: Julia Darling, Sean O'Brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2020

Aesop's Fables The Cruelty of the Gods

Aesop's Fables The Cruelty of the Gods

Author: Carlo Gebler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

A witty, scatological illustrated version of the world's greatest collection of fables, allegedly written by a slave in the 5th century BC. A book for our times: as Gebler notes, Aesop has two subjects - the exercise of power and the experience of the powerless who endure life and all that it inflicts on them. This retelling of the Fables makes them relevant and richly enjoyable. Large and fierce animals kill and butcher weaker creatures; gods play games with the hopes and fears of lesser species, including men and women; and occasionally the weak turn the tables on the strong, exposing their pretensions. This is a stunning new version of a book that was often bowdlerised and used to teach moral lessons to children. Gebler's Aesop is darker and more realistic, and compulsively readable.

The Boatman and Other Stories

The Boatman and Other Stories

Author: Billy O'Callaghan Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2020

The breathtaking short story collection from the Costa-shortlisted Irish writer In these twelve quietly dazzling, carefully crafted stories, Billy O'Callaghan explores the resilience of the human heart and its ability to keep beating even in the wake of grief, trauma and lost love. 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 - The Boatman follows an unforgettable cast of characters. 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. Ranging from the elegiac to the brutally confrontational, these densely layered tales reveal the quiet heroism and gentle dignity of ordinary life. O'Callaghan is a master celebrant of the smallness of the human flame against the dark: its strength, and its steady brightness.

I Want To Show You More

I Want To Show You More

Author: Jamie Quatro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

`Passionate, sensuous, savagely intense, and remarkable . . . Moves between carnality and spirit like some franker, modernized Flannery O'Connor.' - James Wood, New York Times Sharp-edged and fearless, mixing white-hot yearning with daring humour, Jamie Quatro's debut short-story collection is a stunning and subversive portrait of modern infidelity, faith, and family. Set around Lookout Mountain on the border of Georgia and Tennessee, Quatro's hypnotically revealing stories range from the traditional to the fabulist as they expose lives torn between spirituality and sexuality in the New American South. These fifteen linked tales confront readers with dark theological complexities, fractured marriages, and mercurial temptations. Throughout the collection, a mother in her late thirties relates the various stages of her affair while other characters lay bare their own notions of God, illicit sex, raising children, and running: a wife comes home with her husband to find her lover's corpse in their bed; marathon runners on a Civil War battlefield must carry phallic statues and are punished if they choose to unload their burdens; a girl's embarrassment over attending a pool party with her quadriplegic mother turns to fierce devotion under the pitying gaze of other guests; and a husband asks his wife to show him how she would make love to another man. Sultry, acute, startlingly intimate, and enticingly cool, I Want To Show You More is the thrilling debut of an exhilarating new voice in American fiction.

Creative Surgery

Creative Surgery

Author: Clelia Farris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2020

In Clelia Farris' mind-bending tales, you'll find captivating characters with elusive identities like Kieser, who longs to transform himself through horrific procedures in Creative Surgery, or Yuliano ( Secret Enemy ), a man with no aesthetic taste, or Gabola, engaged in the battle of a lifetime against the expropriation of the Little Tuvu Hill. With dry and polished prose, like the stones of her native Sardinia, Clelia Farris takes us on adventures among the ruins of a future marred by climate change ( A Day to Remember ) and in a haunting prison inhabited by the enigmatic figure of Rebecca. Collected and translated into English for the first time, these seven stories represent some of the greatest works from one of Italy's best science fiction authors.