Monday, May 4, 2015

SHORT STORIES A TO Z



The Monrovia Public Library Short Story collection includes both classic and contemporary anthologies. From renowned Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem to flash-in-the-literary-pan Moon Unit Zappa, this collection also includes such great short story writers as Carson McCullers, Guy de Maupassant, O. Henry and contemporary writers like Alice Munro. There are also books that gather short stories on such topics as cats and dogs and countries of origin. Here are three of the more recently reviewed and praised short story collections. 

A New Englander who has written more than 150 short stories, Edith Pearlman has won many prizes for her sleek writing and has been called a treat to read. Her new book is Honeydew: Stories.  Highlighting human foibles and relationships, the stories in Honeydew are about average people sometimes caught up in life. Ms. Pearlman is known for her elegant prose and her ability to use just a few words to richly describe her characters.

Kelly Link also lives in New England and writes short stories that often have a fantasy, science fiction or magical element.  Her new collection is Get In Trouble and as is typical of the writer all of them are realistic with a twist. Fairy creatures, super heroes and micro-chipped children all show up in Link’s works, but the stories themselves have characters who are real people.  Readers will be enchanted by the author’s off-kilter world.

The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Brief Life of Oscar Wao, Dominican American author Junot Diaz frequently writes short stories. His This Is How You Lose Her has affection in mind as he explores the many motivations and emotions that accompany love and romance. Both touching and sometimes hilarious, these Diaz stories demonstrate that what the heart wants is not always the most reasoned of human activities.

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