Listing Category: Contemporary

Vanilla Bright Like Eminem by Michel Faber

An American father experiences a moment of clarity w hill sitting with his family on a train, traveling through Scotland. Listen at Selected Shorts

A Priest In The Family by Colm Tóibín

Set in Ireland in the midst of the abuse scandals in the Catholic church, this is an excellent example of a quiet, literary story, that won’t lose readers who love a great character and a good ending.

Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father by Ian Frazier

This is a wonderful, funny piece, written in high biblical style, but in fact spoken by a modern, harried father.   Available on the Selected Shorts Podcast and in The Atlantic’s archive