Category «Short Stories»

Girl in the Mirror: Two Stories

By Cecelia Ahern

Two strong and unforgettable brief tales from the #1 bestselling author

Girl within the Mirror

Lila is aware how fortunate she is to have stumbled on the fellow of her desires. but if a mystery from her family's prior involves gentle on her marriage ceremony day, her future alterations within the so much unforeseen of ways…

The reminiscence Maker

They say you always remember your past love. yet what occurs while these loved stories begin to fade? a few humans might do something to carry directly to the prior and, for one heartbroken guy, that suggests discovering how to relive these useful moments…

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Kolyma Tales

By Varlam Shalamov, John Glad

Approximately 3 million humans died within the forced-labour camps of Kolyma within the North-Eastern quarter of Siberia. Varlam Shalamov spent 17 years there and it is a choice of brief tales referring to person males and their lives within the camps. the writer has additionally written "Graphite".

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Every Year: Short Stories

By Cecelia Ahern

A superb choice of Cecelia’s brief stories

As the odor of pinecones and cinnamon fill the air and the plump turkey roasts within the oven, the ultimate arrangements for Christmas day have began simply as they do each year.

The tree lighting fixtures are twinkling and the mince pies are cooked and there's only one ultimate culture to hold out sooner than the Christmas magic can commence. This yr even though, anything is diversified and it is time for life-long traditions to change.

For years the relations has an identical trend, now not altering their regimen during the generations; infants have grown into children after which adults, after which finally have had little ones in their personal, yet something regularly remained consistent throughout…

Time has eventually stuck up with the relatives and this yr the recent traditions has to be formed.

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Mandarins: Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

By Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Prefiguring the very important modernist voices of the Western literary canon, Akutagawa writes with a trenchant mental precision that exposes the moving traditions and ironies of early twentieth-century Japan and divulges his personal strained connection to it. those tales are relocating glimpses right into a forged of characters at odds with the society round them, singular photographs that start easily towards the common. "What stable is intelligence if you can't find a worthwhile melancholy?" Akutagawa as soon as mused. either piercing intelligence and "useful depression" buoy this notable assortment. Mandarins comprises 3 tales released in English for the 1st time: "An night Conversation," "An Enlightened Husband," and "Winter."

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The Invisibles: Stories (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction Ser.)

By Hugh Sheehy

Though Hugh Sheehy’s frequently tragic, occasionally grotesque tales characteristic bloodied knives and mysterious disappearances, on the center of those considerate thrillers are finely crafted personality reports of people that strive against with the darker facets of human nature―grief, violence, loneliness, and the suggestions of crazed minds.

Sheehy’s tales shine a focus at the bleak fringes of the United States, giving voice to the invisibles who desire it so much. a depressing assistant instructor spiking her espresso after institution is unexpectedly locked in a basement with a scholar who has simply witnessed his father’s homicide. A seventeen-year-old woman at a skate rink whose identify nobody can take into accout is motherless, friendless, and certain she is going to be the subsequent to move. The heartbroken sufferer of a miscarriage goals of her fetus’s voyage throughout the earth’s plumbing. The estranged addict son, yes of his innate goodness, loses himself in a snowfall and fails his relations back. Sheehy’s characters examine that although invisible they could believe and no matter what their intentions, their activities incur a value either to themselves and people round them. they fight to tame or come to phrases with the forces they meet―the tragedies―that are a long way higher than their small existences. during this debut, Sheehy illuminates the all-but-silent observe of grownup loneliness and the way we deal with it or, maybe, simply stream previous it.

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The Empty Family: Stories

By Colm Toibin

At the heels of his bestselling and award-winning novel Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín returns with a gorgeous number of stories—now to be had in paperback—“a booklet that’s either an ideal creation to Tóibín and, for longtime fanatics, a bracing excitement” ( The Seattle Times ).

Critics praised Brooklyn as a “beautifully rendered portrait of Brooklyn and provincial eire within the 1950s.” In The Empty Family, Tóibín has prolonged his mind's eye extra, providing an immense variety of sessions and characters—people associated via love, loneliness, desire—“the unvarying dilemmas of the human middle” ( The Observer, UK).

within the breathtaking lengthy tale “The Street,” Tóibín imagines a courting among Pakistani employees in Barcelona—a taboo affair in a neighborhood governed via obedience and silence. In “Two Women,” an eminent and taciturn Irish set clothier takes a role in her native land and needs to confront feelings she has lengthy repressed. “Silence” is a superb ancient set piece approximately woman Gregory, who tells the author Henry James a confessional tale at a cocktail party.

Reviewed at the entrance web page of The ny instances ebook Review, The Empty Family will additional cement Tóibín’s prestige as “his generation’s such a lot talented author of love’s advanced, contradictory energy” ( Los Angeles Times ).

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The Hangman

By Louise Penny

On a chilly November morning, a jogger runs in the course of the woods within the peaceable Quebec village of 3 Pines. On his run, he unearths a useless guy striking from a tree. The useless guy have been a visitor on the neighborhood resort and Spa. He could have been trying to find peace and quiet, yet whatever else came across him. anything terrible. Did the guy take his personal lifestyles? Or was once he murdered? leader Inspector Armand Gamache is termed to the crime scene. As Gamache follows the path of clues, he opens a door into the previous. And he learns the genuine it is because the fellow got here to 3 Pines. This novella is a short and simple learn for individuals at the pass.

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Reckless Hearts: A Story of Slim Hawks and Ernest Hemingway

By Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin introduces readers to the lavish, heady international of her novel The Swans of 5th street with this specific book brief tale! during this spell binding prequel, big apple society and Hollywood royalty collide throughout the doomed and decadent lifetime of Ernest Hemingway.

Spain, 1959. slender Hawks Hayward loves to imagine she doesn't get jealous. but if her expensive pal Lauren "Betty" Bacall learns that Papa Hemingway has come to observe the bullfights and insists that slender make introductions, she can't support feeling protecting. narrow has identified Papa for years. He continually makes her consider just like the most pretty girl within the room—even while his spouse is status correct beside him. fact be informed, narrow may have discovered to like him all these years in the past, within the streets of Havana or the mountains of the yank West. Now, slender is bound that Papa will fall for Betty. What she doesn't expect is the sensation that Papa himself has changed—and their courting seriously isn't the same.

Features an enthralling preview of Melanie Benjamin's hugely expected novel The Swans of 5th street!

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