Don’t have time to sit down with a lengthy novel ? No need to despair. Turn to short stories. Short stories will provide you all the joys of longer plotlines with a fraction of the time commitment. If the idea of breaking open a hefty tome keeps you from reading at all, find small chunks of time throughout the day to enjoy short stories, compact pieces of fiction that build entire worlds in just a few pages. They’re short enough to read while in waiting rooms, while on your commute , or in any quiet moments you have throughout the day—but they’ll also make you think. And, lest we forget, once you read short story after short story, you’ve read as many pages as that novel you’ve been eying. You’ll be on a reading kick in no time. If you don’t know where to begin, take a look at this list. With most collections, there’s no need to read the stories in order, so open up one of these volumes and dive into whatever stories strike your fancy. Included are inspired new releases , such as Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides, What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah, and The Mountain: Stories by Paul Yoon, as well as classic collections you’ll want to read again and again, including books by short story masters George Saunders, Annie Proulx, and Flannery O’Connor. These stories may be short, but there’s certainly no shortage of entertainment within their pages.
We live in India. I teach English Literature in a college. My son, 19, is student of 3 rd Semester , majoring in English Literature. He writes short stories and poems. Quite a few of his short stories have been published in The Statesman. Recently, I have chosen twenty of his short stories and want to get them published in a collection entitled “In Search of a Story.” But I can’t afford to go for self-publishing or even partnered publishing. Jayanta Mahapatra, the celebrated Indian English poet, has written a Foreword to the proposed book. And Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus of the department of English in Jadavpur University, Kolkata, has written a paragraph in praise of the stories of Sinchan Chatterjee ( that’s the name of my son ). Which publishers are likely to accept our proposal for the publication of the proposed book? Please help. Please don’t say, ” you MAY submit your proposal to all the publishers mentioned in the list. Kindly suggest some four or five publishers who will not reject our proposal.