Listing Category: Recommended Stories

The Distance of the Moon by Italo Calvino

A wonderful, sci-fi fantasty fairytale told in an almost everyday way. A fabulous example of high-imagination meeting everyday truths. Funny and moving and utterly charming.  

The Judge’s Will by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

“AAfter his second heart attack, the judge knew that he could no longer put off informing his wife about the contents of his will….”

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Liar, Liar by The Liar’s Club

An anthology of stories by Jonathan Maberry, William Lashner, Kelly Simmons, Gregory Frost and more. Published by Blackstone Audio, 2013

Dark Lies The Island by Kevin Barry

A wickedly funny and hugely original collection of stories about misspent love and crimes gone horribly wrong. Kevin Barry’s dazzling languate, razor-sharp ear for the vernacular, and keen eye from the tragedies and comedies of daily life invest these tales with a startling vitality. Shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and as More Info »

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.

Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry by Christine Sneed

Winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, 2009, nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, first fiction category, long-listed in the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Published by Bloomsbury (2013), ISBN-10: 162040045 ISBN-13: 978-1620400456