Listing Category: Literary

Byzantium by Ben Stroud

Ancient cities and fallen empires come to life in this masterful collection. In the Byzantine court, a noble with a crippled hand is called upon to ensure a holy man poses no threat to the throne. On an island in Lake Michigan, a religious community crumbles after an ardent convert digs a little too deep.. More Info »

Love is Power, Or Something Like That by A. Igoni Barrett

When it comes to love, things are not always what they seem. With humor and tenderness, Barrett introduces us to an utterly modern Nigeria, where desire is a means to an end, and love is a power as real as money. Published by Graywolf Press, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-55597-640-8

Spectacle by Susan Steinberg

In this inventive collection of linked stories, women confront loss and grief as they sift through the wreckage of their lives. Steinberg challenges conventional gender roles and subverts assumptions about narrative with a fierce, lyrical intensity, as these wounded women stand at the edge of disaster and risk it all to speak their sharpest secrets. More Info »

This Close by Jessica Francis Kane

Through twelve stories, some stand-alone, others woven with linked characters, Jessica Francis Kane’s This Close questions the tensions between friendship and neighborliness, home and travel, family and ambition. In writing filled with wit and humor and incredible poignancy, she deftly reveals the everyday patterns that, over time, can swerve a life off course. Published by More Info »

Abasteron House

“The fall of noon.” That’s what Grandfather called it. I never really understood how noontime could actually fall, but he liked to say it that way. “Evening rises,” was another. “Morning booms,” he’d greet the day.

My childhood summers at Abasteron House by the sea were filled with colorful sunsets, juicy blackberries off the backyard vine, and sea-lavender abundant in my bedroom. Late at night, Grandfather would wake me and point to the window.

“See the waves shining under moony light. Observe! The shivering flakes of night.”

Poetic, yes, but Grandfather was a genealogist. He tracked family origins, tracing ancestry back through the centuries. He especially enjoyed the history of angels and demons; he spent his life teaching the evolution of their mythologies from primary cultures to the Age of Reason.

“Look, Davida,” he’d say sweetly. “The sea’s wind leaves ancient face prints on the windows. There. Do you see them?” I never saw any faces, just salt-caked streaks. My name is Davida Kipling Livingston and everybody called me Kip, except Grandfather.

“What were you dreaming, Davida? Did Duma protect you?”

Duma is the angel-prince of dreams and awarded the job of guarding us against nightmares.

The Sun, The Moon, The Stars by Junot Diaz

The story takes us inside the head of a young Dominican guy with girl problems. The whole story is a subtle reflection on the difficulty of growing up, fitting in, finding your way, with one foot in two different communities, and in many cultures. But it’s all done with a light hand and extraordinary eloquence. More Info »

Complete Stories And Poems by Edgar Allen Poe

The title says it all: all Poe’s tales and poems in one place. Doubleday & Company, Inc. (1984) ISBN 0385074077 (ISBN13: 9780385074070)

Goodbye And Good Luck by Grace Paley

Not only does the story have a beginning, a middle and a satisfying end, it has a real character as its protagonist — and I say that not in the literary sense, but in the way your grandmother would have said it: “Oh yeah, that Rosie. She’s a real character!”

Great English Short Stories, Christopher Isherwood (ed.)

from the introduction: There are plenty of excellent stories which are just stories; they express nothing beyond themselves. When they have been told to you, you say “that was exciting” or “that was funny” or “I certainly never expected that ending!” You can retell such a story in your own words to your friends and More Info »

50 Great Short Stories, Milton Crane (ed.)

A fine survey of some of the great short stories written between 1872 and 1947. Includes stories by Katherine Masnfield, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, V. S. Pritchett, E. M. Forster, Henry James, Carson McCullers, Rudyard Kipling, Alexander Poushkin, John O’Hara, Anatole France, Thomas Wolfe, Max Beerbohm, Shirley Jackson, Edgar Allan Poe, Guy de Maupassant, O. More Info »