The Hollow Land

Jane Gardam - 2015
    Everyday challenges give a daring edge to this rural work and play. There are ancient mysteries to explore and uncover, like the case of the Egg Witch, and everyone is curious about the Household Name, a wildly famous Londoner moving in to the jewel of the territory, Light Trees Farm. With painterly ease, Jane Gardam’s stories fly with a marvelous spirit that will delight readers of all ages!

Thirteen Unpredictable Tales

Paul Jennings - 1996
    Subjects range from the longest kiss ever, to a boy who becomes transparent, and all the stories are unpredictable!

Days of Loneliness

August Strindberg - 1903
    In Days of Loneliness ("Ensam") published in 1903 he muses on life, friends, solitude and being a writer.

Sleet: Selected Stories

Stig Dagerman - 1947
    By the 1940s, his fiction, plays, and journalism had catapulted him to the forefront of Swedish letters, with critics comparing him to William Faulkner, Franz Kafka, and Albert Camus. His suicide at the age of thirty-one was a national tragedy. This selection, containing a number of new translations of Dagerman's stories never before published in English, is unified by the theme of the loss of innocence. Often narrated from a child's perspective, the stories give voice to childhood's tender state of receptiveness and joy tinged with longing and loneliness.Praise for SleetDagerman wrote with beautiful objectivity. Instead of emotive phrases, he uses a choice of facts, like bricks, to construct an emotion.—Graham GreeneAn imagination that appeals to an unreasonable degree of sympathy is precisely what makes Dagerman's fiction so evocative. Evocative not, as one might expect, of despair, or bleakness, or existential angst, but of compassion, fellow-feeling, even love.—from the preface by Alice McDermottStig Dagerman writes with the tension that belongs to emergency—deliberately, precisely, breathlessly. To read Dagerman is to read with your whole body—lungs, heart, viscera, as well as mind. At once remote and intimate in tone, these works by one of the great twentieth-century writers come fully to life in a remarkable translation by Steven Hartman.—Siri Hustvedt, author of The Summer Without MenStig Dagerman's fearless, moving stories should be placed alongside the short fiction of such luminaries as James Joyce, Anton Chekhov, and Raymond Carver. You'll find yourself holding your breath in wonder as you read, grateful to Dagerman (and Steven Hartman) for the gift of these stories.—Edward Schwarzschild, author of The Family Diamond

Some of Tim's Stories (The Oklahoma Stories & Storytellers Series)

S.E. Hinton - 2007
    E. Hinton takes her trademark themes to a new level in Some of Tim’s Stories—fourteen original stories depicting adults trapped in lives of missed connections and opportunities. The stories in this collection merge into a larger narrative about two cousins, Terry and Mike, whose lives and families are intertwined but whose paths lead to very different futures: one in prison, the other enduring a guilt-ridden existence working in a bar.The tales are made especially distinctive in the telling. The “author” of the stories is a bartender named Tim—the “Mike” of his own narrative—whose idiosyncrasies are perfectly captured in Hinton’s intriguing use of metafiction.The book also features exclusive interviews with Hinton conducted by Teresa Miller, host of public television’s Writing Out Loud. Hinton allows readers into her world as she never has before—speaking openly about her life and career. Complementing the book are line drawings that illustrate the stories and photographs that document the author’s life.In one interview, Hinton calls Some of Tim’s Stories “the best writing I’ve ever done.” These stories capture the feel of the earlier books that won her fame while demonstrating an adult edginess and a more disciplined talent. Some of Tim’s Stories is sure to captivate Hinton’s long-time fans as it shows new readers that her soul-searching fiction extends masterfully to adult themes as well.

Elvis Karlsson

Maria Gripe - 1972
    With the help of his loving grandfather and his friend Peter, he begins to see things in a new light.

The Women at the Pump

Knut Hamsun - 1920
    Above all, there are the latest doings of Oliver Andersen and the large family that he and his wife contrive to raise despite growing suspicions that his mysterious accident at sea has deprived him of more than a leg.In Oliver, Hamsun has created one of the great comic characters of literature: a sly, boastful, flaccid rogue who trades shamelessly and indomitably on his misfortune. In his moral squalor he is the symbol of a corrupt and self-seeking society. Unattractive though he is, he never entirely loses the reader's sympathy, and his relations with his delightful ‘son’ Abel are most movingly depicted. THE WOMEN AT THE PUMP brims with a prodigality of invention, sardonic humor, and an originality of style and technique representing Hamsun's later work at its best. First published in Norway in 1920 - the year Hamsun was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Last Tales

Isak Dinesen - 1957
    They include seven tales from Albondocani, a projected novel that was never completed; "The Caryatids," an unfinished Gothic tale of a couple bedeviled by an old letter and a gypsy's spell; and three tales of winter, including "Converse at Night in Copenhagen," a drunken, all-night conversation between a boy-king, a prostitute, and a poor young poet.

Altogether, One at a Time

E.L. Konigsburg - 1998
    Konigsburg's writing is funny, perceptive, and, most of all, real. In these four short stories, she deftly captures four people who must cope with difficult situations-- and in doing so, learn something that changes their lives.

My Name is Aram

William Saroyan - 1940
    Aram Garoghlanian was a Californian, born in Fresno on the other side of the Southern Pacific tracks. But he was also part of a large, sprawling family of immigrant Armenians--a whole tribe of eccentric uncles, brawling cousins, and gentle women. Through these unforgettable, often hilarious characters Aram comes to understand life, courage, and the power of dreams. Whether it is fierce Uncle Khosrove who yells "Pay no attention to it" in any situation, Uncle Melik, who tries to grow pomegranate trees in the desert, or angelic-looking Cousin Arak who gets Arma into classroom scrapes, Aram's visions are shaped and colored by this tum-of-the-century clan. Like Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, William Saroyan's brilliant short stories in My Name Is Aram work together to create a picture of a time, a place, and a boy's world-a truly classic account of an impoverished family newly arrived in America-rich in matters of the heart.

Cándido's Apocalypse

Nick Joaquín - 2010
    What does Bobby Heredias see that other people don’t?Now a stand-alone, Candido’s Apocalypse first appeared in the story collection Tropical Gothic, published in 1979.

Four Corners Familiars 3: Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor

Franz Kafka - 1915
    To his great irritation, these balls follow Blumfeld--who is a stickler for absolute order in his universe--wherever he goes, and his attempts to divest himself of their presence are described with Kafka's customary flair for the detached observation of the extremely bizarre. Musgrave has responded to Kafka's story with a series of pencil drawings of curious artifacts and pseudo-archaeological fragments of his own invention. Combined with John Morgan's austere design--which finds the book typeset in Kafka's preferred font and large type size, which he was never able to see printed in his lifetime--this volume almost feels like a case study of some unique bygone supernatural phenomenon.

Run, Zan, Run

Cathy MacPhail
    ‘I told you I'd get you, didn't I? Well,' her next words sent shivers through Katie. ‘Tonight's the night.'Katie is being bullied at school - and cannot get anyone to believe her. She feels frightened and alone . . . until one day when she is cornered by Ivy and her fellow bullies on the town dump. Katie is terrified, there is nowhere left to run. But suddenly, as if by magic, a girl called Zan rises from the rubbish in the dump and leaps to Katie's defense. But Zan is not willing to talk to Katie - all she wishes to do is keep her identity a secret. Slowly Katie learns the truth about Zan, and when she does, she realises Zan has much more to lose than the safety of her cardboard box. A gripping story that really brings the issue of bullying to a head.

Queen of Teen

Meg Cabot - 2010
    An irresistible chance to read something new by your all-time favorite author - or to discover an amazing writer you've been missing up to now!There are nine short stories in this amazing, shiny pink book; in order they are Cathy Cassidy, Jacqueline Wilson, Louise Rennison, Cathy Hopkins, Meg Cabot, Karen McCombie, Lisa Clark, Joanna Nadin and Sarra Manning.

Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories / Letting Go

Philip Roth - 2005
    Here and in the stories that accompany it, including "The Conversion of the Jews" and "Defender of the Faith," Roth depicts Jewish lives in 1950s America with an unflinching sharpness of observation." In Letting Go, a sprawling novel set largely against the backdrop of Chicago in the 1950s, Roth portrays the moral dilemmas of young people cast precipitously into adulthood, and in the process describes a skein of social and family responsibilities as they are brought into focus by issues of marriage, abortion, adoption, friendship, and career. The novel's expansiveness provides a wide scope for Roth's gift for vivid characterization, and in his protagonist Gabe Wallach he creates a nuanced portrait of a responsive young academic whose sense of morality draws him into the ordeals of others with unforeseen consequences.