Best short stories of 2008
For a slideshow of book jackets for the Monitor's best short stories of 2008, click here.
By Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf, 352 pp., $25)
Returning to themes she explored in her first novel, Pulitzer-Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri details with quiet precision the divide between American-born children and their Bengali parents in a short-story collection. (4/1/08)
By Cynthia Ozick (Houghton Mifflin, 179 pp., $24)
In four lively tales, Cynthia Ozick imagines freighted interchanges between two great writers, Henry James and Joseph Conrad, and their secretaries. (5/6/08)
By Elizabeth Strout (Random House, 270 pp., $25)
This collection of 13 stories set in a coastal Maine town creates individual microcosms of small-town life, with its gossip, small kindnesses, and everyday tragedies. (5/16/08)