Friday, September 05, 2008


Can you recommend a good book?

I'm taking a short fiction class, and I'll be the first to admit that I'm tragically under-read in terms of short stories. So, if you could recommend one collection that everyone should read, something you love, that moved you, that's well-written or innovative, that you think exemplifies the craft ... what would it be?


The most recent collection I've read is The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro. I'm not a huge short story fan, but I liked these, particularly the way they are woven together to create a larger narrative.
Mate! Black Juice by Margo Lanagan. Read 'Singing My Sister Down'. Your life will never be the same again.
Try Claire Keegan -- I think the title is Walking the Blue Fields. Just marvelous. And William Trevor -- Cheating at Canasta is terrific. I think I've loved every Munro collection, esp. Friend of My Youth. It's such a wonderful genre and there are so many truly fine collections.
That is such a tough question. I still can't offer a decent response. I'm reading Bix's Trumpet and Other Stories by Dave Margoshes right now and savoring it. It takes me forever to read a collection. And my taste is all over the map. That's why I'm enjoying the latest TNQ and CNQ issues so much. It's introducing me to new-to-me short story writers, Rebecca Rosenblum, whose new collection Once has just been released, being one of the highlights.
Thank you all for the suggestions. *tucks them in her list of things to read*
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