Rain and Other Stories ~ Mia Couto

Rating: 4/5 Mia Couto has written many books of fiction, poetry, and essays. This is a new collection of short fiction, and I mean very short. Many of the pieces were between 1 and 3 pages. I haven't read any of his other works, although I have one of his more famous books, Confessions of … Continue reading Rain and Other Stories ~ Mia Couto

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Living on the Borderlines ~ Melissa Michal

Rating: 4.5/5 This book felt cozy and thought provoking. Full of emotion, Michal has compiled stories that share some Native experiences, from a sensory experience to discovering long lost family. This collection is simple and moving, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent reading. Short story collections can often be hit or miss, but … Continue reading Living on the Borderlines ~ Melissa Michal

At the End of the Century ~ Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Rating: 2/5 This short story collection comes from India, but is written in English instead of translated as Jhabvala is an immigrant to India herself. Anita Desai wrote a lovely introduction, and I don't typically read introductions, but have enjoyed some of Desai's previous work and trust her judgment. Jhabvala herself unfortunately has passed, and … Continue reading At the End of the Century ~ Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good ~ Helene Tursten

  Rating: 3/5 This noir short story collection follows an elderly woman named Maud. She has lived in her building for 88 years of her life with her mother and sisters before they died. When the apartment building was bought by her landlord, she received a contract to live there rent-free for the remainder of … Continue reading An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good ~ Helene Tursten

Violent Ends ~ Edited by Shaun Hutchinson

Rating: 5/5 This book is a major heartbreaker, a downer in every sense of the word. But it is also incredibly well written. Violent Ends is an anthology (short story collection) from seventeen points of view about a school shooting. Trigger warning for sexual assault, physical assault, eating disorders, and probably a few other things … Continue reading Violent Ends ~ Edited by Shaun Hutchinson