These are compelling stories about the trials and tribulations of dynamic, working-class characters.
Many of the short stories in Two Nurses, Smoking are genuinely accomplished, and worth investigating.
You come away from this volume of short stories thinking that sure, Maggie Shipstead does write what she knows — it’s just that she may know everything.
L. M. Brown writes with a sure hand about men and women beset with dreams and longings, who fall in and out of love with each other, and who harbor secrets that shape their lives in unpredictable ways.
Diane Williams’s brusque vision of a perverse life force mesmerizes.
The twelve stories in this collection are set in radically different places, use multiple forms, and reflect varying levels of political engagement.
Deborah Eisenberg’s stories pull you in and imitate life in an uncanny way.
Schutt’s is an example of the kind of fiction that is being taken seriously in too many quarters in this new century, but that is not nearly good enough.
Susan Sontag wrote short stories as a hobby; she saved more of her enormous intellectual energy for her novels and essays.
These tales have an incendiary energy, but Osama Alomar handles his narrative explosives with restraint, wisdom, care, and precision.