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Try These Short* Works of Fiction

*Most titles have fewer than 250 pages

Adventure, War

My Little War
by Louis Paul Boon

by Helen Humphreys

Flirting with Destiny
by Sara Hylton

News of the World
by Paulette Jiles

Summer Session
by Merry Bloch Jones

The Sojourn
by Andrew Krivak

Girl by the Road at Night: A Novel of Vietnam
by David Rabe

The Severance
by Elliott Sawyer

The Fall of Poppies


Classic Angst

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
by Truman Capote

The Yellow Wallpaper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Turn of the Screw
by Henry James

Ethan Frome
by Edith Wharton


Domestic & Coming of Age

Tapestry of Fortunes
by Elizabeth Berg

Best Staged Plans
by Claire Cook

The Lullaby of Polish Girls
by Dagmara Dominczyk

by Alice McDermott


Hard to Categorize, but Too Good to Miss

The Paper Menagerie
by Ken Liu

Every Heart a Doorway
by Seanan McGuire

The Call
by Yannick Murphy

The Voice of the River
by Melanie Rae Thon

We the Animals
by Justin Torres

Let Him Go
by Larry Watson

The Lawgiver
by Herman Wouk


Anatomy of a Disappearance
by Hisham Matar

The Housekeeper and the Professor
by Yōko Ogawa

The Patience Stone: sang-e saboor  
by Atiq Rahimi

Another Brooklyn
by Jacqueline Woodson


Short Stories

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, and Other Small Acts of Liberation
by Elizabeth Berg

by Roddy Doyle

This Is Not Your City
by Caitlin Horrocks

Boys and Girls Like You and Me: Stories
by Aryn Kyle

Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry
by Christine Sneed

Someday This Will Be Funny
by Lynne Tillman


Suspense & Mystery

Criminal Innocence
by Jeffrey Ashford

The Magic Circle
by Jenny Davidson

The Ten-Mile Trials
by Elizabeth Gunn

Cast Into Doubt
by Patricia J. MacDonald

The Headhunter’s Daughter
by Tamar Myers

The Hidden: A Novel of Suspense
by Bill Pronzini


Warm, Light, Uplifting

by William Peter Blatty

Shut Up, You’re Welcome
by Annie Choi

Snow Day
by Billy Coffey

Ella Minnow Pea
by Mark Dunn

Jim the Boy
by Tony Earley

American Housewife
by Hellen Ellis

Love in Lowercase
by Francesc Miralles

Trains and Lovers
by Alexander McCall Smith

Elliot Allagash
by Simon Rich

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
by David Sedaris


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