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Dark Puss

I am just as fond of "short" fiction as I am of "long" fiction. For myself it is exclusively the quality of the writing not how many pages in the book that matter.


Since I am now in Melbourne where "most" books are available in the local library this too will go on to my TBR list right now. Thanks for the update as this author is new to me.


A fine example of the short story as novel that I have read was Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Each story casts a different light on the various characters, especially Olive herself. This is an extremely satisfying book.
I also admired the writing in Legend of a Suicide by David Vann and Things We Didn't See Coming by Steven Amsterdam. Both books are structured as linked short stories.
Although I find the novel can be all engrossing, short stories can be just as memorable. I will definitely track down Last Fling; thank you.
PS: I notice dear Cornflower that in your new arrivals you have Conditions of Faith by Alex Miller. May I recommend his novel Lovesong that has scooped up many awards here in Australia.


Just wanted to add that I could not get the book you have mentioned but got Reading in Bed which I have already started and love the style and the descriptiveness so very much.


Thankyou for the recommendation, Jill - duly noted!
You are right to cite the excellent Olive Kitteridge as a good example of short stories at their best (I've yet to read the David Vann, though I have it waiting).


I loved Reading in Bed, too! Also, The Mysteries of Glass and Earth and Heaven.

Dark Puss

Grrr, just had Typepad eat this comment ...

Let me recommend very strongly Colette as an excellent writer of short stories. I note that there is a large collection available, many of which I have not read.

Double Grrr! That NYT link now seems to want you to log in, apologies it worked properly 5 minutes ago.

Here is the Amazon link.


Thankyou, DP. I'm glad this post is proving to be a good source of recommendations.


I read Reading in Bed and did a review as well. thanks so much for the introduction to this author.

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