Short Stories 2019
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The Book of Tehran
by Fereshteh Ahmadi
The capital of Iran is caught on the page in 10 stories by new and emerging writers. Part of Comma Press’ award-winning Reading the City series.
Comma Press, £9.99, 25th April 2019, 9781910974247
by Julia Armfield
First collection of short stories from an exciting new writer who has already won the prestigious White Review short story prize. Judge Chloe Aridjis said: “Her work has a timelessness to it, and a generosity of emotion that’s brave and affecting.”
Picador, £12.99, 28th May 2019, 9781529012569
It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s
by Lisa Blower
The stories in this first collection from the writer dubbed a new voice in working-class and regional fiction by Myriad are dominated by matriarchs, I’m told. Contains “Broken Crockery”, which won the 2009 Guardian National Short Story Award, and BBC National Short Story Award-shortlisted “Barmouth”.
Myriad Editions, £8.99, 18th April 2019, 9781912408160
Ward No. 6 and Other Stories
by Anton Chekhov
A preface by Janet Malcom for this selection of Chekhov’s short fiction, translated by Constance Garnett.
riverrun, £9.99, 28th May 2019, 9781787475946
Labels and Other Stories
by Louis de Bernieres
His second collection of short stories includes “Gunter Weber’s Confession”, in which we return to the characters from his 1995 bestseller Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Notwithstanding, his first collection, sold 100,000 copies, according to the publisher.
Harvill Secker, £16.99, 11th April 2019, 9781911215646
by Selahattin Demirtas
Author Demirtas is the Kurdish politician, former leader of the People’s Democratic Party, who is currently serving a 183-year prison sentence. This short story collection, a portrait of modern Turkey drawn from the lives of its ordinary citizens, was written behind bars. Turkey has more than 150 journalists and writers in prison, more than any other country in the world.
Hogarth, £10.99, 25th April 2019, 9781781090749
Listening In: Stories
by Jenny Eclair
Twenty-four women reach pivotal moments in their lives in this short story collection from Eclair. Includes line drawings from the author.
Sphere, £8.99, 14th February 2019, 9780751567076
by Janice Galloway
Sixteen short stories from the Scottish author which explore sex, sexuality, motherhood, death and ambition.
Granta Books, £9.99, 7th February 2019, 9781847086679
A short story collection from the author of Fates and Furies.
Windmill Books, £8.99, 16th May 2019, 9781786090461
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
by Denis Johnson
A new collection of short stories from the National Book Award-winning Johnson, his first in 25 years.
Vintage, £9.99, 7th February 2019, 9781784708177
Certain American States
by Catherine Lacey
Great cover for this collection of short stories from one of Granta’s best young American novelists.
Granta Books, £8.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781783782215
Jokes for the Gunmen
by Mazen Maarouf
Latest collection of short stories from the Palestinian-Icelandic writer and poet is one for fans of Gary Shteyngart and Dave Eggers, says Granta.
Portobello Books Ltd, £10.99, 3rd January 2019, 9781846276675
by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Short story collection from the Ugandan-born author of Kintu and winner of both the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2014 and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction in 2018. These stories are set in Manchester, where the author now lives, and Kampala, and form a “powerful work about the experience of immigration and about how we treat each other as human beings”. Timely stuff.
Oneworld Publications, £14.99, 23rd May 2019, 9781786075895
Her Body And Other Parties
by Carmen Maria Machado
A genre-bending collection of short stories which was shortlisted for last year’s National Book Awards….
Serpent’s Tail, £8.99, 3rd January 2019, 9781781259535
Thirteen Months of Sunrise
by Rania Mamoun
The first major translated collection by a Sudanese woman writer I’m told, this blends the real and imagined to create an “intimate portrait” of life in Sudan today.
Comma Press, £9.99, 9th May 2019, 9781910974391
Picnic in the Storm
by Yukiko Motoya
Eleven surreal tales from a multi award-winning Japanese writer, published in English for the first time. A clothes shop assistant waits endlessly on a customer who won’t come out of the changing room-and who may or may not be human. And a newly-wed notices that her husband’s features are beginning to slide around his face to match her own….
Corsair, £12.99, 30th October 2018, 9781472154347
Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense
by Joyce Carol Oates
A collection of suspense stories from the award-winning author.
Head of Zeus, £8.99, 7th March 2019, 9781788543705
A Short Affair
by Simon Oldfield
An anthology of short stories from names including Ben Okri and A L Kennedy, alongside new voices from the Pin Drop Short Story Award, which Oldfield runs.
Simon & Schuster Ltd, £8.99, 1st March 2019, 9781471147333
Palestine +100: Stories from a century after the catastrophe
by Ra Page
Palestinian writers were asked: what might your home city look like in the year 2048, exactly 100 years after Nakba, the displacement of 700,000 people after the Israeli war of independence? Follows Comma’s Iraq + 100 anthology, named as a book of the year by the Guardian.
Comma Press, £9.99, 16th May 2019, 9781910974445
by Chris Power
Striking cover for this first collection of short stories from the author of the Guardian’s “brief survey of the short story”, which the Sunday Times called “outstanding”….
Faber & Faber, £8.99, 3rd January 2019, 9780571339693
I Want To Show You More
by Jamie Quatro
Fifteen linked short stories, set around Lookout Mountain on the border of Georgia and Tennessee, which expose lives torn between spirituality and sexuality-including a wife who returns home with her husband to find her lover’s corpse in their bed….
Picador, £12.99, 21st February 2019, 9781509858989
You Know You Want This
by Kristen Roupenian
First collection of short stories from the author of Cat Person, the short story published online in the New Yorkerat the end of 2017 which went viral, with 2.6 million hits and counting (already available as a £3.99 paperback, 9781787331150). The themes here are sex, dating and modern life, blended with elements of horror fiction, as Roupenian “takes a long hard look at the messed-up power dynamic between men and women—and messes it up some more”. Rights to this collection have sold in 24 territories, and HBO is set to produce an “anthology drama series” based on the book.
Jonathan Cape, £12.99, 7th February 2019, 9781787331105
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories
by Jay Rubin
An anthology of great Japanese short stories, many not previously translated into English.
Penguin Classics, £10.99, 4th April 2019, 9780241311905
Property: A Collection
by Lionel Shriver
The first short story collection from the author of We Need To Talk About Kevin tackles the subject of property.
The Borough Press, £8.99, 21st February 2019, 9780008265250
You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories
by Curtis Sittenfeld
A first story collection from the author of American Wife.
Black Swan, £8.99, 7th March 2019, 9781784164409
Being Various: New Irish Short Stories
Some thrilling writers have contributed to this collection of Irish short stories, among them Sally Rooney, Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerney, Stuart Neville, Kevin Barry and Kit de Waal.
Faber & Faber, £12.99, 2nd May 2019, 9780571342501
by John Edgar Wideman
A new short story collection from the MacArthur fellow, looking at race in America.
Canongate Books Ltd, £9.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781786892089
The Sing of the Shore
by Lucy Wood
A short story collection set in Cornwall from the author of Diving Belles and the novel Weathering.
Fourth Estate Ltd, £8.99, 29th January 2019, 9780008193409
Things To Do When You’re Goth In The Country
by Chavisa Woods
A collection of short stories about people living on the fringes in America.
Seven Stories Press,U.S., £12.99, 18th June 2019, 9781609809157