You Could Win a Bag o’ Short Stories (+ This Super Cute Book Tote Bag)
“A good [short story] would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.” ―David Sedaris
It’s our very first Big Bag o’ Short Stories! We’ve hand-picked five very different and equally engaging short story collections for you: There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter, master of the short story; Lucky Alan by literary superstar Jonathan Lethem; Single, Carefree, Mellow, the charming, funny debut from Catherine Heiney; Get in Trouble by Kelly Link, already on people’s Best of 2015 lists; and This Is Paradise, a collection of lyrical stories from Kristiana Kahakauwila.
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Ten (10) Grand Prize Winners will receive copies of the five short story collections pictured on this page as well as one BookPage book tote bag. Forty (40) Runners-up will receive one BookPage book tote bag. Limit one entry per IP address. All fields required. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are the age of 18 or older at time of entry. Deadline for entry is 11:59 P.M. (Eastern Time) on January 26, 2015. Void where prohibited. Read the complete rules.
There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter
From Pantheon, available wherever books are sold on February 3, 2015
From one of the great masters of the contemporary short story, here is an astonishing collection that showcases Charles Baxter’s unique ability to unveil the remarkable in the seemingly inconsequential moments of an eerie yet familiar life.
Single, Carefree, Mellow By Katherine Heiny
From Knopf, available wherever books are sold on February 3, 2015
In snappy, glittering prose that is both utterly hilarious and achingly poignant, Katherine Heiny chronicles the ways in which we are unfaithful to each other, both willfully and unwittingly. Maya, who appears in the title story and again in various states of love, forms the spine of this linked collection, and shows us through her moments of pleasure, loss, deceit, and kindness just how fickle the human heart can be.
Lucky Alan by Jonathan Lethem
From Doubleday, available wherever books are sold on February 24, 2015
Devoted fans of Lethem will recognize familiar themes: the anxiety of influence taken to reductio ad absurdum in “The King of Sentences”; a hapless, horny outsider summoning bravado in “The Porn Critic”; characters from forgotten comics stranded on a desert island in “Their Back Pages.” As always in Lethem, humor and poignancy work in harmony, humans strive desperately for connection, words find themselves misaligned to deeds, and the sentences are glorious.
Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
From Random House, available wherever books are sold on February 3, 2015
She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.
This Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila
From Hogarth, available now in paperback wherever books are sold
n a stunning collection that announces the arrival of an incredible talent, Kristiana Kahakauwila travels the islands of Hawai’i, making the fabled place her own. Exploring the deep tensions between local and tourist, tradition and expectation, façade and authentic self, This Is Paradise provides an unforgettable portrait of life as it’s truly being lived on Maui, Oahu, Kaua’i and the Big Island.
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