Short stories are perfect for this time of year. I tend to take along a collection of short stories when I’m traveling or lazing on the beach —basically, anywhere I’m likely to be interrupted by a talkative seat partner (on a plane, train or bus), or by my busy eight-year old who wants me to join him in bombing torpedos (involving rocks and floating logs) and building driftwood forts on the sand.
There are some excellent new collections to choose from. Try Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove, featuring stories deftly incorporating magical realism, horror and sci-fi (a masseuse finds she is able to heal a troubled Iraq War vet by manipulating the tattoos on his body, long dead presidents come back to life as horses and young girls are turned into silkworms). Or maybe the writing of National Book Award winner Lily Tuck is more your style, with its elegantly written stories spanning centuries and continents, which explore the beauty and tragedy of human relationships. If so, try The House at Belle Fontaine, a decade’s worth of Tuck’s best stories.
Whatever your taste, Kitsap Regional Library has a slew of new short story collections for you to enjoy. Happy reading!