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You Are Not What We Expected

Readers familiar with Toronto will appreciate the insider’s portrayal and even recognize specific buildings and blocks, but all readers can enjoy Ludwig’s (Holding My Breath) writing. She shows great empathy for her characters, even when they behave badly.
PREMIUM

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories

These well-crafted and intelligent stories about the many ways a life can be haunted will gratify readers who enjoy perceptive, slightly gothic tales.

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Fifty-Two Stories

Though some readers may prefer a more straightforward, colloquial style, fans of heightened language will enjoy this translation, which should appeal to a wide audience. A comprehensive volume that will satisfy the needs of many libraries.

How To Pronounce Knife

Cosmopolitan aficionados of pristine short fiction--think Paul Yoon, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Phil Klay--will want to read. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]

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Verge

A dark and often unsettling collection that some readers will find difficult but that will reward those seeking fierce, intimate writing. [See Prepub Alert, 8/5/19.]
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Heathcliff Redux and Other Stories

This short collection takes a respectable look at the ways we evade our own truths but doesn’t engage as deeply as its subjects merit. [See Prepub Alert, 8/5/19.]
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And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges

Each story is vivid, unexpected, and satisfyingly weird. Darkly comic and whip-smart, this collection is recommended for readers of Aimee Bender and Alexandra Kleeman.
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Grand Union: Stories

The caliber of these pieces varies, but Smith’s keen intellect shines through them all. Both her fans and readers who enjoy smart fiction with an up-to-the-minute sensibility, will find much to like. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]
PREMIUM

A Dream Come True: The Collected Stories of Juan Carlos Onetti

The haunting yet engaging stories in this comprehensive collection will expose Onetti to a much broader readership than has heretofore existed.
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Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung

Though some of the stories feel overly experimental and some retellings work better than others, this reenvisioning of Ovid’s immortal work offers passages of unforgettable beauty and much strength in the voices of women trying to become themselves.
PREMIUM

The Scent of Buenos Aires: Stories by Hebe Uhart

These stories cover a broad spectrum of situations and will appeal to a wide range of readers. A remarkable introduction to one of the unsung women writers of Argentine letters.
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Kitchen Curse

Despite possible disappointment, Kurniawan groupies won’t be deterred; for newbies, go to the novels for greater fictional satisfaction.

Driving in Cars with Homeless Men

This dynamic--and often harrowing--collection beautifully spotlights lives that are rough around the edges; not standard fare but highly recommended.
PREMIUM

Fly Already

Originally written in Hebrew, the pieces in this fine collection lose nothing in translation; the wit and humanity of each tale survive intact. Ideal reading for short bursts of time or short attention spans. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]

PREMIUM

She Was Like That: New and Selected Stories

These stories from National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Walbert are poignant and compelling; each is complete in itself but will leave the reader wanting more. Recommended for all short story readers. [See Prepub Alert, 3/15/19.]

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The World Doesn’t Require You

In a narrative playing fast and loose with grammatical convention, Scott offers a strongly developed sense of place that, fantastical though it may be, is evocative of Anderson and Faulkner. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

Being Various: New Irish Short Stories

A piercing look at the inner lives of a refreshing variety of Irish people.

PREMIUM

Song for the Unraveling of the World

Readers of literary horror will not want to miss this one.

Selected Shorts | Reader's Shelf, October 15, 2018

PREMIUM

The Art of the Short Story

PREMIUM

The Affliction: A Novel in Stories

A heartfelt and well-crafted work.
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All the Names They Used for God: Stories

Not all these stories startle, but Sachdeva is a writer to watch.
PREMIUM

Come Westand See: Stories

The stories don't always connect as much as one is led to expect, but the writing is sure-footed and the disquieting sense of a world upended successfully delivered.
PREMIUM

The Immigrant's Refrigerator

A keen, sobering work; ten percent of profits will go to the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Center.
PREMIUM

The Owl That Carries Us Away

Excellent reading for those who value meditative, beautiful storytelling.
PREMIUM

Fight No More: Stories

Top-notch, in-your-face work from the priceless Millet. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]
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A Lucky Man: Stories

Fully developed stories that readers will savor.
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Beautiful Days: Stories

Perceptive, unmissable work. [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]
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Florida

Well-observed, unexpected writing for fans and more. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]
PREMIUM

The Wrong Heaven: Stories

Not just fun but full of smart ideas; as the woman-become-horse observes, "Would you rather transform your Core, or your entire being?"
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Good Trouble: Stories

Absorbing reading sophisticates will love. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]
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Night Hawks: Stories

Highly recommended.
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Last Stories

Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 11/6/17.]
PREMIUM

Zolitude: Stories

Not for the fainthearted or lovers of straightforward plot, but brilliant for anyone preferring heightened reading.
PREMIUM

A Good Day for Seppuku: Short Stories

Sparkling work for smart readers.
PREMIUM

The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story

Highly recommended for fans of modern short fiction.
PREMIUM

She Loves Me Not

This collection extends the boundaries of the short story form while remaining centered on Nebraska and the human experience; enthusiastically recommended for all readers. [See Prepub Alert, 5/20/12.]
PREMIUM

Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story

Like the Paris Review’s revered author interview collections, this anthology of short stories selected by some of the great practitioners of our time is bound to be read and studied for years to come.
PREMIUM

Dancing Dogs

For fans of animal stories who have recovered enough from John Grogan’s Marley and Me to have another good cry (or several).
PREMIUM

Married Love: and Other Love Stories

There is not a lot of domestic bliss to be found in these finely rendered stories, but there are many small moments of everyday life made recognizable by an exceptional storyteller. Highly recommended.
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