Book Club: Short Stories

Need convincing? Read Jonathan Papernick's Defense of the Short Story for the ProsenPeople where he declares: "This world needs greater understanding, and a well-written short story can pierce the heart like a bullet and stay with a reader for the rest of her life." Hear! Hear! http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/bookclub/short-stories
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In this collection of beautifully crafted short stories, Ronna Wineberg deals with unfulfilled longings, deeply-held secrets, the effects on aging on the mind and the body. #ShortStoryMonth

In this collection of beautifully crafted short stories, Ronna Wineberg deals with unfulfilled longings, deeply-held secrets, the effects on aging on the mind and the body.

The book that Jewish librarians, teachers, and storytellers have been waiting for has finally arrived, fulfilling almost all of our high expectations.  #ShortStoryMonth

The book that Jewish librarians, teachers, and storytellers have been waiting for has finally arrived, fulfilling almost all of our high expectations.

This sparkling yet touching story collection, set in the Philadelphia environs, celebrates family in all its messy glory. #ShortStoryMonth

This sparkling yet touching story collection, set in the Philadelphia environs, celebrates family in all its messy glory.

Written in 1909, this is a delightful collection of tales about the renowned Rabbi Loew of Prague and the legendary creature he was said to have animated.  #ShortStoryMonth

Written in this is a delightful collection of tales about the renowned Rabbi Loew of Prague and the legendary creature he was said to have animated.

This collection of poignant, very human stories leaves the reader wishing for even more of them. Each story is a miniworld where cultures clash, leaving the landscape with enough cracks for the characters to fall right in. #ShortStoryMonth

This collection of poignant, very human stories leaves the reader wishing for even more of them. Each story is a miniworld where cultures clash, leaving the landscape with enough cracks for the characters to fall right in.

Using the works of the great masters of Yiddish literature as a springboard, Steve Stern’s stories in The Book of Mischief soar and float as far as imagination can fly.  #ShortStoryMonth

Using the works of the great masters of Yiddish literature as a springboard, Steve Stern’s stories soar and float as far as imagination can fly.

The 20 writers featured in this collection of short stories are among the very best of contemporary Jewish writers.  #ShortStoryMonth

The 20 writers featured in this collection of short stories are among the very best of contemporary Jewish writers.

Adam Biro first attracted attention in the United States with his ninth book, One Must Also Be Hungarian, which evoked the lost world of pre-war Hungarian Jews through stories about members of his own family.#ShortStoryMonth

Adam Biro first attracted attention in the United States with his ninth book, One Must Also Be Hungarian, which evoked the lost world of pre-war Hungarian Jews through stories about members of his own family.

Yosef Haim Brenner wrote mostly in Hebrew and often based his fiction on his own experiences and the miseries endured by Jews in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, such as the terrible ordeal of a Jew drafted—as he was—into the Czar’s army, and the poisonous anti-Semitism that was a fact of army life. #ShortStoryMonth

Yosef Haim Brenner wrote mostly in Hebrew and often based his fiction on his own experiences and the miseries endured by Jews in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, such as the terrible ordeal of a Jew drafted—as he was—into the Czar’s army, and the poisonous anti-Semitism that was a fact of army life. #ShortStoryMonth

Epigrams abound in Justin Taylor’s stories. “Everyone’s their own best lover,” one voice observes. “The assumption of knowledge is one part of the fantasy of mastery,” muses a different narrator. One of his characters reproves another: “Every day of your life is getting something you never asked for.” #ShortStoryMonth

Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever: Stories - Justin Taylor

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