5 Splendid New Short Story Collections

February 3, 2015 2:09 PM

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5 Splendid New Short Story Collections

Reading a novel is a commitment. Upon purchase, you enter an agreement with the author: Should sufficient curiosity be instilled by its early pages, you'll gladly accompany the narrator on whatever strange or dull adventures lie ahead. But beautiful opening scenes don't always pay off, and some stories that sparkle on a sentence level fail to move us in the end.

Some (ahem, 2012's Pulitzer Prize for Fiction committee) might say Karen Russell's Swamplandia!, which begins with a literal splash, ends in an awkward and perplexing thud. If we're to believe the numbers eReader company Kobo offers up about The Goldfinch, most readers who embark on Donna Tartt's sa...

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