Good things come in small packages, the saying goes. And this month’s batch of short story collections certainly proves it right—and at a small price. Each e-book is just $1.99 throughout May and includes a free preview of Bobcat and Other Stories, Rebecca Lee’s hotly anticipated new story collection.
Facing the Music by Larry Brown
Man and woman collide time and time again, with alcohol and violence (a troubled coupling, too) often tearing at the relationships in this unflinching collection. Brown shines a brutal light on his subjects but offers unusual rewards for those readers who are willing to look unblinkingly along with him. Includes a preview of Bobcat and Other Stories.
From tennis shoes to high heels to slippers, our shoes say something about us. McCorkle explores how the women in those shoes pull themselves up—even without bootstraps—and keep moving forward, from divorcing their longtime husbands to finding the perfect prince to finding themselves. Includes a preview of Bobcat and Other Stories.
Dog on the Cross by Aaron Gwyn
Gwyn explores the small space between faith and doubt, sin and self-delusion, when a young faith healer arrives in Perser, Oklahoma, a town whose citizens include a preacher who fakes speaking in tongues, a grandmother who tries to make her grandson famous, and a man who plummets from a drilling rig. Includes a preview of Bobcat and Other Stories.
The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue by Manuel Muñoz
The misunderstandings and secrets kept by the residents of this close-knit Mexican American neighborhood in California come to shape their lives. This fresh and dazzling collection unravels the truth about home and belonging: you always live with its history. Includes a preview of Bobcat and Other Stories.
Don’t Make Me Stop Now by Michael Parker
These eleven arresting and comic stories testify to the force of love, the lengths we’ll go to claim it, the delusions we’ll believe, and the absolute necessity of it all. Each character wants to believe he is making the messy world turn out neatly. Includes a preview of Bobcat and Other Stories.
Phone Calls from the Dead by Wendy Brenner
This highly original collection probes people’s need to connect with each other and with something greater than themselves. The characters struggle with the most basic human instincts of loss and longing, even when supernatural elements appear. Includes a preview of Bobcat and Other Stories.
The Half-Mammals of Dixie by George Singleton
The stories in this collection are wild and wooly—or maybe we should say wild and half-wooly. Singleton follows the curious lives of the off-the-beaten-track South, where big hearts, big stories, and big laughs are found. Includes a preview of Bobcat and Other Stories.