Archives about Short Stories
The Office has nothing on Debbie Graber’s inventive, piercing collection Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday (Unnamed Press). The title character, Kevin Kramer, is the new Senior Vice President of the Products Profit center at Production Solutions. He has worked hard for all his success, perfected the non-clammy handshake, and speaks “corporate” like a second language.
The tall tale is elevated to an art form in John Jodzio’s third collection of stories, the deeply weird and satisfying Knockout (Soft Skull Press). Oddly affecting characters abound in Knockout, from Lily and Annabelle, young sisters who report on their parents dysfunctional fights to passing truckers via CB radio, to the girlfriend of a
Aaron said, Look Chet, I’m just like you, okay? I don’t use pesticides on my lawn, I give to Habitat for Humanity, and I vote for the Democrats. So what’s the big deal? I want my children to have a viable future, that’s all. You don’t have any children, I said. That’s true, Faye said.
Good People (Bellevue Literary Press, 2016) is a collection of short stories about…well, not exactly about good people. But not bad people, either. This darkly humorous collection explores the spectrum of unsavory actions that everyday—even decent—people fall into. Robert Lopez’s style skims along the edge of what literary readers may associate with short fiction, but
Percival Everett’s latest story collection, Half an Inch of Water (Graywolf Press) introduces the reader to a diverse cast of characters: horse trainers, veterinarians, ranchers, sheriffs, who live and work in the rural American west. Though Everett’s protagonists are not loners per se, the wide open spaces and sparse population of ranching communities in Wyoming
By nature a bus is a vehicle with an amiable face. It belched blue and the haze flew up bluer between soaring glass, steel, brick. The city was sticky and hard. For example, if a guy didn’t notice the white ground or the winter-bare trees in the median islands or the manhole covers rusted and