This week, Paul and Trevor discuss short books (fiction): what makes them special? Which authors specialize in brevity? How have short books impacted our lives as readers?  We each share five or our favorites, as well as a ton of great listener recommendations.

And be sure to stick around for a fun giveaway and a preview of an upcoming episode where we each assign the other a short novel. We hope you’ll read along with us!

We hope you enjoy this episode!


Episode Links

All of the books brought up in this episode!

  • St. Sebastian’s Abyss, by Mark Haber
  • The Other Name, by Jon Fosse
  • Woman Running in the Mountains, by Yuko Tsushima
  • The Autograph Man, by Zadie Smith
  • The Promise, by Damon Galgut (not In A Strange Room. Oops!)
  • Midlife: Humanity’s Secret Weapon, by Andrew Jamieson
  • When Women Kill, by Alia Trabucco Zeran
  • Anita Brookner
  • Penelope Fitzgerald
  • The Hare, by César Aira
  • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  • The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James
  • Alexander’s Bridge, by Willa Cather
  • The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane
  • The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
  • Hurricane Season, by Fernanda Melchor
  • A Month in the Country, by JL Carr
  • Pnin, by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
  • So Long, See You Tomorrow, by William Maxwell
  • Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle
  • Devil House, by John Darnielle
  • Universal Harvester, by John Darnielle
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark
  • Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, by Elizabeth Taylor
  • Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
  • Sparky!, by Jenny Offill
  • Weather, by Jenny Offill
  • Last Things, by Jenny Offill
  • Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton
  • Train Dreams, by Denis Johnson
  • Jesus’ Son, by Denis Johnson
  • Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson
  • The Pale King, by David Foster Wallace
  • Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell
  • The Invention of Morel, by Adolfo Bioy Casares
  • Ennemonde, by Jean Giono
  • Aphasia, by Mauro Javier Cárdenas

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