Short novels are special. Able to be consumed in a night or a weekend, they feel more intimate, like an experience you lived through or a story you were told in the dark. I love a seven-hundred-page masterpiece as much as the next binge-reader, but huge books can be a specific taste, best consumed in long stretches of uninterrupted days. In the depths of summer, weekend trips abound, attention spans shorten, and it’s the perfect time to pay respect to the art of the short novel. Here are fourteen sparkling slim novels that reach for brilliance, full on character, narrative, and stunning prose, in two hundred pages or less.