Best Books for Adults 2021

9 Books Found

Filtered by 'Short Stories'
  • Afterparties: Stories

    Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tenderhearted, this book offers a portrait of Cambodian-American lives. Children of refugees shoulder the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship, and family.
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  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories

    Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell | A heady mix of the surreal, the supernatural, and the horrific, this story collection blurs the lines between reality and our scariest fears. Each story squeezes a world of conflicts, desires, and revelations into just a few pages.
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  • Hao: Stories

    In this debut short story collection, Chinese women in both China and the United States search for words to define hardship and loss, and also deep love, as they cross the alien landscapes of migration and motherhood.
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  • My Monticello: Fiction

    A novella and short stories in which characters grapple with race and class in America. A woman descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings is driven from her neighborhood by a white militia. A professor studying racism conducts a secret social experiment on his own son.
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  • Never Have I Ever: Stories

    The horror in these stories isn't always drawn from a “supernatural other.” Instead, through Philippine folklore, they explore a world where the supernatural is an accepted element of everyday life and the horror is mined from the realities of existing.
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  • The Rock Eaters: Stories

    Threaded with magic and transcending time and place, these stories use strange and speculative elements to explore what it means to cross borders and break down walls, personally and politically.
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  • The Tangleroot Palace: Stories

    This dark short story collection takes us into the heart of the tangled woods, a place rife with unexpected detours, dangerous magic, and even more dangerous women.
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  • Walking on Cowrie Shells: Stories

    Pulling from mystery, horror, realism, myth, and graphic novels, Nkweti showcases the complexity and vibrance of characters whose lives span Cameroonian and American cultures.
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  • When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson

    This compilation of stories that make the mundane seem terrifying is chilling and uncanny, offering tropes that will be familiar to readers of Jackson’s work (witchy women, eerie suburbia) but with unique touches that could come only from these individuals authors.
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