Diving Belles

Set in her native Cornwall, Lucy Wood’s debut short story collection, Diving Belles, has been drawing comparisons to the likes of Aimee Bender and Karen Russell. Though it’s easy to see why — the twelve stories in this collection are at turns whimsical, dark, and ethereal, drawing heavily on oral storytelling traditions and local folkloreContinue reading “Diving Belles”

Sorry Please Thank You: Stories

A few weeks ago, I posted a list of recommendations for people who like Aimee Bender, and Charles Yu’s Sorry Please Thank You was on that list. I’ve been eagerly waiting for today to arrive so that I can finally talk about the book in more detail, because fellow geeks and science fiction fans are sure toContinue reading “Sorry Please Thank You: Stories”

I Am An Executioner: Love Stories

I was first drawn to Rajesh Parasmeswaran’s debut, I Am An Executioner: Love Stories, because of its striking cover — in fact, it’s probably my favorite cover so far this year. Then I read a little about the stories and was hooked: I love short story collections, and these quirky love stories sounded like theyContinue reading “I Am An Executioner: Love Stories”

The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue

After being blown away last year by Manuel Muñoz’s What You See in the Dark, I knew I’d be seeking him out again shortly. Then Tucson, AZ decided to shut down its Mexican American studies program and ban a bunch of books, and lo and behold, Muñoz’s first two books (both short story collections) were onContinue reading “The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue”

Shout Her Lovely Name

Win a Shout Her Lovely Name tote bag and a copy of this book, courtest of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Read on for more info. Mothers and daughters are the thread that weaves Natalie Serber’s Shout Her Lovely Name together. The collection of eleven stories, eight of which are interconnected, unflinchingly portray the wide range ofContinue reading “Shout Her Lovely Name”