An exciting selection of Short Story collections make up this month’s fiction Other Genres section. Highly recommend reading, from well know fiction writes including Emma Donoghue, Sue Grafton, Joanne Harris, and Alice Munro.
Astray / Emma Donoghue.
“The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donoghue’s latest fact-inspired fictions have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters. They cross other borders, too: those of race, law, sex and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress.” (adpated from book cover)
Kinsey and me : stories / Sue Grafton.
“Kinsey Millhone, PI, captures vengeful murderers, exposes elaborate scams, and outsmarts the criminals in her usual witty, lovable way in nine stories written between 1986 and 1991 and first privately published in a limited edition of 300 copies. These tales are every bit as engaging to read as Grafton’s full-length novels. The second section of this collection features the character of Kit Blue as the author herself, writing a fictionalized history of her own difficulties growing up as the child of alcoholic parents.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
A cat, a hat, and a piece of string : stories / by Joanne Harris.
“A second short story collection from Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat and Peaches for Monsieur le Curé. Stories are like Russian dolls; open them up, and in each one you’ll find another story. Conjured from a wickedly imaginative pen, this is a new collection of short stories that showcases Joanne Harris’s exceptional storytelling art.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Reality, reality / Jackie Kay.
“These stories are about memories, love, sex and the power of the imagination to see us through the most difficult times. The women of Reality, Reality are mesmerizing, whether in love or in solitude. Grace and Rose, glowing with pride, are the first to marry on Shetland; Hadassah, named for the Morning Star, burns as brightly. Margaret, alone in her care home, places her hope in a cherry red cardigan; Elina Makropulos, whose voice is the toast of generations, is desperate to be allowed to grow old. Stef cooks for made-up judges on the TV show in her head. Pat diets for one hundred and forty-three days to find her ‘Mini-me’. Dionne longs for a child; Mrs Vadnie Marlene Sevlon for her husband. And Elizabeth Ellen carries her new baby into a future she didn’t know could be hers. In these fifteen extraordinary stories, Jackie Kay celebrates the richness and power of dream-life to inspire, to repair, and to make real.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Let the old dreams die : and other stories / John Ajvide Lindqvist ; translated from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy.
“From the author of the acclaimed vampire novel, Let the right one in, this collection of stories show John Ajvide Lindqvist’s rich imagination. They are about love and death and what we do when the two collide and the monsters emerge.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Love is murder / edited by Sandra Brown. Love Is Murder
“Love Is Murder is the third Thriller anthology written exclusively by members of International Thriller Writers, Inc., that has 1635 members representing 28 countries worldwide and over three billion books in print. This anthology features 30 tales of suspense from very popular writers such as Lori Armstrong, Lee Child, and Sherrilyn Kenyon, The action spans the globe, imparting a real feel for locales as diverse as the Mexican jungle; Halifax, Nova Scotia; London, England; and south Texas.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
The midnight promise : a detective’s story in ten cases / Zane Lovitt.
“John Dorn is a private investigator. Just like his father used to be. It says private inquiry agent in John’s yellow pages ad because that’s what his old man called himself, back before his business folded, his wife left him and he drank himself to death. But John’s not going to end up like his father. He doesn’t have a wife, or much business. He doesn’t really drink, either. Not yet. In each of these ten delicious stories Zane Lovitt presents an intriguing investigation filled with humour and complex, beautifully observed characters. At their centre is John Dorn, solving not so much crimes as funny human puzzles; but the crimes, and the criminals, are forever lurking nearby, taunting him from the city’s cold underworld.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Dear life / Alice Munro.
“Alice Munro captures the essence of life in her brilliant new collection of stories. Moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in Dear Life build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be. Many of these stories are grounded in Munro’s home territory, the small Canadian towns around Lake Huron. The book ends with four powerful pieces, ‘autobiographical in feeling’, set during the time of Munro’s own childhood, in the area where she grew up. Munro describes this quartet as ‘not quite stories’ but ‘the first and last and the closest things I have to say about my own life’.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Significant objects / [edited by] Rob Walker & Joshua Glenn.
“Can a great story transform a worthless trinket into a significant object? The Significant objects project set out to answer that question once and for all, by recruiting a highly impressive crew of creative writers to invent stories about an unimpressive menagerie of items rescued from thrift stores and yard sales. That secondhand flotsam definitely becomes more valuable: sold on eBay, objects originally picked up for a dollar or so sold for thousands of dollars in total making the project a sensation in the literary blogosphere along the way. But something else happened, too: The stories created were astonishing, a cavalcade of surprising responses to the challenge of manufacturing significance. Who would have believed that random junk could inspire so much imagination?” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Sunscreen & lipstick / stories by Kim Scott … [et. al.] ; [introduction by Liz Byrski].
“From the mad excitement of first love to the grief of losing a parent, this is a summer collection about mums, daughters, wives and girlfriends from some of Australia’s best-loved writers. Included are stories by Elizabeth Jolley, Liz Byrski and Joan London.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)