The Art of the Short Story: 16 New Collections Reveal the Best of a Flourishing Genre

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From Emma Hooper to Anne Tyler | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Aug. 2018

Hartsuyker, Linnea. The Sea Queen. Harper. Aug. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9780062563736. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062563750. HISTORICAL In The Half-Drowned King, Hartsukyer’s debut and the first in a trilogy vivifying Norse history, Ragnvald Eysteinsson threw in his lot with Harald of Vestfold, who would become king of a unified Norway. Here, Ragnvald is king of Sogn […]

Issues of Identity and Award-Winning Novelists | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2018

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. Liveright: Norton. Aug. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781631493836. $27.95. PHILOSOPHY Whether based on nationality, class, culture, race, and/or religion, identity is seen today as a main source of various conflicts worldwide. But NYU philosophy and law professor Appiah, author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism and the “Ethicist” column […]

Summer Debuts | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Arthurs, Alexia. How To Love a Jamaican: Stories. Ballantine. Jul. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781524799205. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524799212. Downloadable. SHORT STORIES In 11 stories, 2017 Plimpton Prize winner Arthurs captures the lives of Jamaican immigrants in America and the families they’ve left behind. Among the scenarios: a teenager is reunited with his mother in New […]

From Horowitz to Homes | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2018

Backman, Fredrik. Us Against You. Atria. Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781501160790. $26.99. CD. LITERARY Sweden’s literary contribution to the New York Times best sellers list, Backman revisits Beartown, where the cherished hockey team is slated for the dust heap. The players join a rival team in Hed, a new team forms (with a surprise coach), […]

Finding the Literary Limelight | The Reader’s Shelf

Fame in this industry can happen in many ways. Debuts can act as lightning strikes, making authors instantly celebrated. Often the already notable become writers on the side, carrying their star power onto the page.

Stories by Shriver & Sittenfeld & More Upmarket Fiction | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2018

Allnutt, Luke. We Own the Sky. Park Row: Harlequin. Apr. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780778314738. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488078712. LITERARY/FAMILY LIFE In this debut, a man struggles with the consequences of his son’s devastating illness, downing alcohol and surveying the wreck of his marriage as he posts stunning scenes of places he and his son visited […]

Short Takes | Wyatt’s World

As we enter the heart of the fall book season, some of the biggest titles just happen to be made up of smaller pieces. Here are five collections getting attention.

Award-Worthy Authors from Ausubel to Tolstaya | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2018

Ausubel, Ramona. Awayland: Stories. Riverhead. Mar. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9781594634901. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698410862. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SHORT STORIES Winner of the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and a NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award finalist for her debut novel, No One Is Here Except All of Us, Ausubel continues her elegant, risk-taking way with this […]

From Bohjalian to Wideman | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Mar. 2018

Bohjalian, Chris. The Flight Attendant. Doubleday. Mar. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780385542418. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542425. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/THRILLER Here’s a milestone: Bohjalian is publishing his 20th novel, and as always it combines popular tropes with a serious examination of social issues. Binge-drinking flight attendant Cassandra Bowden wakes up with another bad hangover […]