This month’s ‘Other Genres’ fiction features Short Stories. In this selection several edited collections of short stories have been included, with one by New Zealand writers, titled At the edge. Highly recommended is the much acclaimed author Mark Haddon’s debut collection titled The pier falls: and other stories.
At the edge / edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray.
“A new collection of short stories by twenty-one New Zealand writers.” (Adapted from book cover)
Multitudes : eleven stories / Lucy Caldwell.
“Multitudes is the beautiful debut story collection from the acclaimed, prize-winning novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell. From Belfast to London and back again the ten stories that comprise Caldwell’s first collection explore the many facets of growing up, the pain and the heartache, the tenderness and the joy, the fleeting and the formative, or ‘the drunkenness of things being various’.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Desperate Detroit : and stories of other dire places / Loren D. Estleman.
“Desperate Detroit and Stories of Other Dire Places represents forty years of suspense writing in the short form. Previously published in a host of magazines and anthologies, with a new Preface and introductions to the stories written especially for this collection, these eighteen tales feature gangsters, private eyes, psychotic killers, hitmen, feuding families, prostitutes, prizefighters, bodyguards, corrupt cops, the walking dead, and ordinary people driven by desperation to commit acts of violence.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The pier falls : and other stories / Mark Haddon.
“Nine brilliant stories from a much acclaimed writer. Set in the Victorian era and the future, in commonplace and supernatural worlds, the stories are united by a cast of dispossessed characters plagued by violence or despair.” (Adapted from Book cover)
The paper menagerie and other stories / Ken Liu.
“Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie. This mesmerizing collection features all of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards),and “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner).” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The doll-master and other tales of terror / Joyce Carol Oates.
“Six terrifying tales to chill the blood from the unique imagination of Joyce Carol Oates. A young boy plays with dolls instead of action figures. But as he grows older, his passion takes on a darker edge. A white man shoots dead a black boy creating a media frenzy. But could it be that it was self-defense as he claims? A nervous woman tries to escape her husband. He says he loves her, but she’s convinced he wants to kill her. These quietly lethal stories reveal the horrors that dwell within us all.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Some possible solutions : stories / Helen Phillips.
“A spine-tingling new collection, the “unique”and “wickedly funny” Helen Phillips offers an idiosyncratic series of “what-ifs” about our fragile human condition. Forced to navigate these bizarre scenarios, Phillips’ characters search for solutions to the problem of how to survive in an irrational, infinitely strange world. In dystopias that are exaggerated versions of the world in which we live, these characters strive for intimacy and struggle to resolve their fraught relationships with each other, with themselves, and with their place in the natural world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Reader, I married him : stories inspired by Jane Eyre / edited by Tracy Chevalier.
“The twenty-one stories in Reader, I Married Him, one of the most celebrated lines in fiction are inspired by Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre. This collection, published in the year of her bicentenary, is shaped by its perennially fascinating themes of love, compromise and self-determination.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Deleted scenes for lovers / Tracey Slaughter.
“Seventeen powerful stories of contemporary New Zealand life from a writer whose penetrating gaze reveals the full experience of her characters’ lives, tragic, comic, rich.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Under thunderous skies : eight tales of China meeting non-China / Miodrag Kojadinović.
“A girl in Shanghai in high-heels holds a doomed rabbit at the bequest of a client in Germany. The consul of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Canton talks with his mistress about their future of their son. A Chinese man cleans up the fingerprints around his European boyfriend’s body in an apartment in Macao. These unusual and intriguing stories of interactions between Chinese and non-Chinese are the work of author Miodrag Kojadinovic, born in Serbia and for eight years a teacher of English in a remote corner of China.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)