short story collection Archive

Review: WHERE WE LAND by Daryl Farmer

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Fiction No comments
And though all the stories follow different lives and the situations they face, it is Farmer’s simultaneous childlike-wonder and knowing restraint that weave these stories together into one, strikingly cohesive collection.

Review: SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN, YOU’LL SEE by Christos Ikonomou

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Fiction No comments
Though Ikonomou’s characters are faced with Greece’s economic crisis, and the collection is beholden to particular circumstance, place, and time, Something Will Happen is not so particular as to be prohibitive. It’s spare. It’s intricate, full of heart and heft, and about the crisis only insofar as it enters

Searching for Artifacts: An Interview with Sara Majka

In the opening piece in Sara Majka’s haunting debut collection of linked stories, Cities I’ve Never Lived In, the narrator announces that she is in the middle of a divorce and about to board a train into a city. Her solution to her problems is “to move from place

Review: PRODIGALS by Greg Jackson

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Fiction No comments
Greg Jackson’s debut collection is full of different voices that seem to make up a collective sound. These stories take their characters to task as much as they sympathize or identify with them. Jackson may well be trying to figure out the answers to life his characters so desperately

Review: BRIGHT SHARDS OF SOMEPLACE ELSE by Monica McFawn

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Fiction No comments
Bright Shards of Someplace Else Monica McFawn University of Georgia Press, September 2014 176 pages $24.95 Buy: book Every writer has faced the age-old question, “What makes a story?” History has provided us with plenty of satisfactory answers—in the excitement found in novelty or the resonance found in the

One Year In—Writing the Novel: Rebecca Makkai

Author: | Categories: Writing, Writing Advice No comments
After one year of writing my novel, I took stock of what I’d accomplished—which seemed like very little. Would writing always feel like flailing? How do novelists find their way through? For guidance, I turned to published novelists, whose interviews are presented in the One Year In: Writing the Novel series. 

The Immanence of God in the Tropics

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews No comments
The Immanence of God in the Tropics George Rosen Leapfrog Press, September 2012 167 pages $15.95 George Rosen performs a neat, almost anachronistic trick in his new book of seven stories, The Immanence of God in the Tropics: he plays it straight. When writing about exotic locales, the temptation is to mimic

Four New Messages

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews No comments
Four New Messages Joshua Cohen Graywolf Press, August 2012 208 Pages $14.00 One may as well begin, before getting to the ignoble task of judgment, with the facts: Four New Messages is a collection of stories by Joshua Cohen, who, according to his biography near the book’s back cover,

Birds of a Lesser Paradise

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews 1 Comment
Birds of a Lesser Paradise Megan Mayhew Bergman Scribner, March 2012 $24.00 240 pages In the twelve stories in Megan Mayhew Bergman’s debut collection, the past is always present. Children live in the failing light of dying parents. Lovers make their beds on inherited sheets. The furniture in a

Drifting House: an Interview with Krys Lee

Author: | Categories: Writing No comments
For this blog post, I am interviewing Krys Lee, author of the short story collection, Drifting House, published this year by Viking/Penguin. Drifting House follows the lives of Koreans both in their homeland and in the United States. According to the book’s website, “Alternating between the lives of Koreans