Today we celebrate the bite-size wonder of short stories with a feature on four incredible collections.
MOTHERS: Stories by Chris Power
Peopled by men and women who find themselves at crossroads or dead ends, these stories evoke the magic and despair of the essential human longing for purpose. “Power’s wide-ranging debut is confident, complex, bizarre, poignant, and elegantly crafted—a very strong collection.”–Kirkus Reviews
BONUS! If you enjoy listening to music while reading, check out Chris Power’s custom MOTHERS playlist.
WE LOVE ANDERSON COOPER: Short Stories by R.L. Maizes
Available July 23, 2019
A charmingly funny but deeply human short story collection about outsiders from a Pushcart Prize-nominee.
BONUS! Head over to Edelweiss for the e-galley.
And we’re not the only ones loving on short stories. These forthcoming collections have received multiple starred reviews!
RAG: Stories by Maryse Meijer
Available February 12, 2019
“In Meijer’s outstanding and disturbing second collection (after HEARTBREAKER), her fragmented writing style produces an intense and distilled view of isolated moments—or, conversely, makes the outrageous or aberrant seem ordinary.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“While at times her narrators can seem almost excessively cruel, Meijer’s stories are an indictment of the indignities women—and other men—face every day as they dodge or appease the dangerous impulses and appetites of misogyny. A rich, beautiful, and utterly terrifying book.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review
INSTRUCTIONS FOR A FUNERAL: Stories by David Means
Available March 5, 2019
Three starred reviews!
“With his debut novel, HYSTOPIA (2016), Means proved he is a gifted long-form storyteller. But his follow-up, his fifth story collection since 1991, affirms his position as one the best story writers of his generation.“–Booklist, starred review
“Means spins intricate, highly textured yarns with great artistry, care, and an acute, empathetic eye. Treasures abound.“–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“In this magnificent book, we find the stories of every one of us: absent and present, dislocated and connected, at the mercy of our history, our narratives.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review