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Short On Time? Can’t Concentrate? Try These Short* Works of Fiction

*Most titles have fewer than 250 pages


Adventure, War

Flirting with Destiny
Sara Hylton

News of the World
Paulette Jiles (eBook – Hoopla, OverDrive, Cloud Library)

Summer Session
Merry Bloch Jones (eBook – Hoopla)

The Sojourn
Andrew Krivak (eBook – Hoopla, OverDrive)



Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Truman Capote (eBook – OverDrive)

So Big
Edna Ferber (eBook – Hoopla, Cloud Library; eAudiobook – Hoopla)

The Turn of the Screw
Henry James (eBook – Hoopla, OverDrive, Axis360; eAudiobook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

The Member of the Wedding
Carson McCullers (eBook – Hoopla, Cloud Library’ eAudiobook – Hoopla)

Ethan Frome
Edith Wharton (eBook – Hoopla, Overdrive, Axis360; eAudiobook – Hoopla, OverDrive, RBdigital)


General Fiction

The Noise of Time
Julian Barnes (eAudiobook – Hoopla)

The Teacher
Michal Ben-Naftalie

Tapestry of Fortunes
Elizabeth Berg (eBook – OverDrive, Axis360)

The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho (eBook – Hoopla, OverDrive, Axis360; eAudiobook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

Best Staged Plans
Claire Cook (eBook – OverDrive)

The Lullaby of Polish Girls
Dagmara Dominczyk

Our Souls at Night
Kent Haruf (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive; Axis360)

Home Making
Lee Matalone (eBook – Hoopla)

Anatomy of a Disappearance
Hisham Matar (eBook – OverDrive)

Alice McDermott (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – Rbdigital)

Big Familia
Tomas Moniz

The Housekeeper and the Professor
Yōko Ogawa (eAudiobook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

Let Him Go
Larry Watson (eBook – Hoopla)

Teddy Wayne (eBook – OverDrive)

Another Brooklyn
Jacqueline Woodson (eBook – Hoopla, OverDrive, Axis360; eAudiobook – Hoopla, Axis360)

The Lawgiver
Herman Wouk (eAudiobook – Hoopla)

Snow Hunters

Paul Yoon (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – Hoopla)


Read the World 

Short Stories

The Sea Cloak
Nayrouz Qarmout

Here Until August
Josephine Rowe (eBook – Hoopla; eAudiobook – Hoopla)

All the Names They Used for God
Anjali Sachdeva (eBook – OverDrive)

Life Went On Anyway: Stories
Oleg Sentsov

Joan Silber

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

An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good
Helene Turston (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – Hoopla)


Suspense & Mystery

The Old Buzzard Had It Coming
Donis Casey (eAudiobook – Hoopla)

Snow Collectors
Tina May Hall (eBook – Hoopla)

Who Is Vera Kelly?
Rosalie Knecht (eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Cast Into Doubt
Patricia J. MacDonald (eBook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

Trouble Is What I Do*
Walter Mosley (eBook – Axis360)

The Headhunter’s Daughter
Tamar Myers (eBook – Hoopla)

Ragged Alice
Gareth Powell

Murder on the Red River
Marcie Rendon (eBook – Hoopla)

Cleaning the Gold
Karin Slaughter (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – Hoopla)

The Dead Hand of History*
Sally Spencer (eBook – OverDrive)

This Town Sleeps
Dennis Staples (eBook – Hoopla; eAudiobook – Hoopla)


Science Fiction/Fantasy

Every Heart a Doorway
Seanan McGuire (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – Hoopla, Axis360)

Riot Baby
Tochi Onyebuchi (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Deep
Rivers Solomon (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Empress of Salt and Fortune
Nghi Vo (eAudiobook – Hoopla)

All Systems Red*
Martha Wells (eBook – OverDrive, Axis360)

The Black Tides of Heaven*
JY Yang (eAudiobook – Hoopla)


Warm, Light, Uplifting

Snow Day
Billy Coffey (eAudiobook – Hoopla)

Ella Minnow Pea
Mark Dunn

American Housewife
Helen Ellis (eBook – OverDrive, Axis360; eAudiobook – OverDrive, Axis360)

Cold Comfort Farm
Stella Gibbons (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Stephen King (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The President’s Hat
Antoine Laurain (eBook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

Love in Lowercase
Francesc Miralles (eBook – Axis360; eAudiobook – Axis360)

Trains and Lovers
Alexander McCall Smith (eBook – OverDrive, Axis360)

Elliot Allagash
Simon Rich (eBook – Hoopla)

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
David Sedaris (eAudiobook – Hoopla)

HC 11/16; mcs 09/20