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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!

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth

Author: Daniel Mason Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2020

From the bestselling, award-winning author of The Winter Soldier and The Piano Tuner comes a collection of interlacing tales of men and women as they face the mysteries and magic of the world. On a fated flight, a balloonist makes a discovery that changes her life forever. A telegraph operator finds an unexpected companion in the middle of the Amazon. A doctor is beset by seizures, in which he is possessed by a second, perhaps better, version of himself. And in Regency London, a bare-knuckle fighter prepares to face his most fearsome opponent, while a young mother seeks a miraculous cure for her ailing son. At times funny and irreverent, always moving, these stories cap a fifteen-year project that has won both a National Magazine Award and Pushcart Prize. From the Nile's depths to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, from volcano-wracked islands to an asylum on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, these are lives of ecstasy and epiphany.

Vetaal and Vikram Riddles of the Undead

Vetaal and Vikram Riddles of the Undead

Author: Gayathri Prabhu Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2020

Creative Surgery

Creative Surgery

Author: Clelia Farris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2020

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.

Manchester Happened

Manchester Happened

Author: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

SHORTLISTED FOR THE HEARST BIG BOOK AWARDS 2019 AN AMBITIOUS AND ASSURED COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF KINTU If there's one thing the characters in Jennifer Makumbi's stories know, it's how to field an uncomfortable question. 'Let me buy you a cup of tea...what are you doing in England?' 'Do these children of yours speak any Luganda?' 'Did you know that man Idi Amin?' But perhaps the most difficult question of all is the one they ask themselves: 'You mean this is England?' Told with empathy, humour and compassion, these vibrant, kaleidoscopic stories re-imagine the journey of Ugandans who choose to make England their home. Weaving between Manchester and Kampala, this dazzling collection will captivate anyone who has ever wondered what it means to truly belong.

Good Citizens Need Not Fear

Good Citizens Need Not Fear

Author: Maria Reva Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2020

A brilliant and bitingly funny collection of stories united around a single, crumbling apartment building in Ukraine that heralds the arrival of a major new talent. 'Creative, poignant and darkly hilarious . . . an outstanding first book' ANTHONY DOERR, author of All the Light We Cannot See 'Luminous' YANN MARTEL, author of Life of Pi 'The funniest, most politically astute book I've read in years' MIRIAM TOEWS, author of Women Talking A bureaucratic glitch omits an entire building, along with its residents, from municipal records. So begins Maria Reva's ingeniously intertwined stories that span the chaotic years leading up to and immediately following the fall of the Soviet Union. As the benighted denizens of 1933 Ivansk Street weather the official neglect of the authorities, they devise cunning ways to survive. An agoraphobic recluse makes money by mapping the vinyl grooves of illegal Western records onto stolen X-ray film; a delusional secret service agent becomes convinced he's being covertly recruited to guard Lenin's tomb, just as his parents supposedly were; and weaving the narratives together is chameleon-like Zaya, a cleft-lipped orphan who reappears as a Miss USSR beauty-contest crasher and later as a sadist for hire to the Eastern Bloc's newly minted oligarchs. Brilliant, bitingly funny and at times surreal, Good Citizens Need Not Fear moves from moments of intense paranoia to surprising tenderness, exploring what it is to be an individual amid the rolling forces of history.

Being Various New Irish Short Stories

Being Various New Irish Short Stories

Author: Various Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

Following her own brilliant short story collection Multitudes, Lucy Caldwell guest edits the sixth volume of Faber's long running series of new Irish short stories, continuing the great work started by the late David Marcus and subsequent guest editors Kevin Barry, Deirdre Madden and Joseph O'Connor. Contributors to this richly diverse collection include: Kevin Barry, Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerney, Stuart Neville, Sally Rooney, Kit de Waal and Belinda McKeon 'BEING VARIOUS has a brilliant array of writers making waves in the twenty-first century, from lauded names to newcomers ranging from their twenties to their sixties; Irish by birth, by parentage, or residence.' Lucy Caldwell

The Coral Merchant Essential Stories

The Coral Merchant Essential Stories

Author: Joseph Roth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Joseph Roth's sensibility-both clear-eyed and nostalgic, harshly realistic and tenderly humane-produced some of the most distinctive fiction of the twentieth century. This collection of his most essential stories, in exquisite new translations by Ruth Martin, showcases the astonishing range and power of his short stories and novellas. In prose of aching beauty and precision, Roth shows us isolated souls pursuing lost ideals and impossible desires. Forced to remove a bust of the fallen Austrian emperor from his house, an eccentric old count holds a funeral for it and intends to be buried in the same plot himself; a humble coral merchant, dissatisfied with his life and longing for the sea, chooses to adulterate his wares with false coral, with catastrophic results; young Fini, just entering the haze of early sexuality, falls into an unsatisfying relationship with an older musician. With the greatest craft and sensitivity, Roth unfolds the many fragilities of the human heart.

I Have the Answer

I Have the Answer

Author: Kelly Fordon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

If you thought the suburbs were boring, think again. Kelly Fordon's I Have the Answer artfully mixes the fabulist with the workaday and illuminates relationships and characters with crisp, elegant prose and dark wit. The stories in Fordon's latest collection are disquieting, humorous, and thought-provoking. They might catch you off guard, but are always infused with deep humanity and tenderness. In these thirteen short stories, Fordon presents people dealing with the grayness of reality and longing for transcendence. Characters within these stories are often as surprised by their own behavior as that of their neighbor's. In Jungle Life, the narrator attempts to clarify and document the stories of his father, a war veteran, before he descends into dementia. In Where's the Baby? a woman reflects on her difficult childhood as she grudgingly cares for her more successful, yet exasperating sister. In In the Dog House, a woman visits an estate sale and sifts through the layers of lifetimes past while grappling with her long-standing jealousy of a mysterious neighbor. In The Shorebirds and The Shaman, a woman who has just lost her husband winds up at a kooky weekend retreat role-playing her way out of debilitating grief. Award-winning author Desiree Cooper has called the stories in I Have the Answer pitch perfect . . . Fordon takes us to the precipice where trauma and triumph are equal possibilities. The people in these stories are so hauntingly real that long after I put the book down, I found myself wondering what had become of them. Readers of contemporary fiction and short stories will enjoy mulling over the complicated feelings this collection evokes.

More Saint Helena Tales

More Saint Helena Tales

Author: Geoffrey Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

Once again we return to St Helena, a small island everyone knows but nobody knows much about. The islanders still prize their way of life, which often puts them at odds with their remote rulers in London. They believe it costs too much to run and should really be making money for them. It is still a mini-colony in the time when these stories are set, part of the remains of the British Empire, complete with a Governor with feathers on his hat. Geoffrey Martin first visited this small colony in his earlier book Saint Helena Tales. He returns for some further stories about local characters and the officials sent out from London to try and bring order to an unappreciative population. These stories are mostly a light-hearted look at life on this tiny island. The locals just want to get on with their lives, but as in all small places there are endless opportunities for everyone to scheme and manoeuvre to achieve their respective ends.

Rosa Luxemburg's Blouse

Rosa Luxemburg's Blouse

Author: Susan Bellos Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

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.

Wild Swims

Wild Swims

Author: Dorthe Nors Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2020

This is a collection resplendent with longing. In these compact pages, people meet without actually connecting, travellers set off but never seem to find home. We meet them on the fjords of Norway, in the bustle of Los Angeles, and among the lights of Copenhagen. Outsiders yearn to be on the inside, insiders are desperate to be free. A writer befriends an ex-lover's mother. An elderly man offers his body to aging women. A woman's childhood memories of wild swimming draw her back to the water. In prose that is both elegantly spare and saturated with emotion, Dorthe Nors shines a light into forgotten corners and conjures darkness where it's least expected. Her characteristic sharpness and sense of humour is ever-present, catching us when the melancholy threatens to come too close. Love, cruelty, friendship, and loneliness are all here, in these stories that brim with life.

So We Can Glow Stories

So We Can Glow Stories

Author: Leesa Cross-Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2020

From Kentucky to the California desert, these forty-two short stories expose the glossy and matte hearts of girls and women in moments of obsessive desire and fantasy, wildness and bad behaviour, brokenness and fearlessness and more. Teenage girls sneak out on a summer night to meet their boyfriends by the train tracks. A woman escapes suffocating grief through a vivid fantasy life. Members of a cult form an unsettling chorus as they extol their passion for the same man. A love story begins over cabbages in a grocery store. A laundress' life is consumed by obsession for a famous baseball player. Two high school friends kiss all night and binge-watch Winona Ryder movies after the death of a sister. Leesa Cross-Smith's sensuous stories will drench readers in nostalgia for summer nights and sultry days, the intense friendships of teenage girls and the innate bonds felt between women. She evokes the pangs of loss and motherhood, the headiness and destructive potential of desire and the pure exhilaration of being female. The stories in So We Can Glow-some long, some gone in a flash, some told over text and emails-take the wild hearts of girls and women and hold them up so they can catch the light.