Title: The Early Short Stories of F Scott Fitzgerald

Author: F Scott Fitzgerald

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Dover Publications

The Blurb

Although better known today for his novels, in the 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald ranked among the top writers of magazine fiction. Fitzgerald represented the dreams and aspirations of the post-World War I generation in his life as well as his works. With his glamorous wife, Zelda, and cosmopolitan social circle, the gifted young wordsmith projected the perfect image for narrating tales of restless youth in a hectic world.

These short stories offer insights into many themes, characters, and techniques that emerged in Fitzgerald’s later works. “Winter Dreams,” written three years before The Great Gatsby, shares the concept of commitment to an idealized dream. “Babes in the Woods,” developed while the author was still a student at Princeton, evidences the roots of This Side of Paradise. A dozen other selections ― including “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Camel’s Back,” “The Four Fists,” and “The Cut-Glass Bowl” ― offer further insights into the author’s growing skills as well as individual examples of his sparkling prose, understated wit, and deft characterizations.

The Review

I’ve always claimed to be a fan of F Scott Fitzgerald but when I thought about it I have only read one of his major works and one short story. The novel I enjoyed – nay, loved. Obviously it is The Great Gatsby. The short story was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and I wasn’t overly impressed.

I decided to try a few ore of his short stories but to be honest I was bored. I ended up DNFing the rest of the book.

I think to give F Scott Fitzgerald a fair chance I need to give his more of his novels a read but I am not sure his short stories are for me.

The Early Short Stories of F Scott Fitzgerald by F Scott Fitzgerald is available now.

Title: Send Nudes

Author: Saba Sams

Pages: 217 Pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

The Blurb

A motherless teenage girl, daughter of the town butcher, falls into a relationship with a much older boy, but realises she’d rather have the love of his dog.

A directionless university student is taken up by beautiful, chaotic party girl Lara, who moves right into her bed and slowly destroys her life.

An uneasy holiday in paradise for two reluctant stepsisters turns into a war of attrition as they compete for the affections of a charismatic interloper.

Dragged along by their mums to a music festival, two teenage girls pursue experience over the course of one weekend.

Strange and arresting, dirty but shining, the girls of Saba Sams’s extraordinary debut collection traverse girlhood and womanhood in all its glorious complications. Negotiating absent mothers, intense friendships, wanting and fearing being desired, her characters are brought to life with striking wit, originality and tenderness.

The Review

I love to break up my reading every so often with a collection of short stories. Send Nudes was a great palate cleanser in this respect. What was great about the collection was the breadth of story ideas. No one story felt the same and what was intriguing was the ambiguous ending to the stories. There were several that I felt could be extended into full novels or at least novella level.

The cast of characters were memorable and it was definitely the characters that was the focus of the stories. They definitely had potential for further exploration.

Send Nudes by Saba Sams is available now.

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Title: Paris for One and Other Stories

Author: Jojo Moyes

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

A collection of 11 unmissable short stories from the number 1 internationally bestselling author of Me Before You and After You.

Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away-to anywhere-before. Travelling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up, she has the chance to prove to everyone-including herself- that she can be independent and intrepid. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed . . .

In the ten other stories, Jojo Moyes introduces us to a cast of strong, relatable women in the midst of their everyday lives. In Honeymoon in Paris, featuring characters from her bestselling novel, The Girl You Left Behind, Liv and Sophie – though decades apart – both find that marriage is only the beginning of their love stories. In Crocodile Shoes, a businesswoman’s blossoming confidence emerges from a fateful changing-room mix-up. And in both Love in the Afternoon and A Bird in the Hand, two couples dance around the trickiness of long-time marriage.

In this irresistible collection, readers will be whisked from elegant perfume shops to taxis to five-star hotel rooms and more. Jojo Moyes always makes the ordinary moments in life extraordinary.

Funny, charming, and unmissable, Paris for One and Other Stories is Moyes at her best.

The Review

I haven’t read a Jojo Moyes story in a while and I must admit that my reading tastes have changed. However, picking up her work is like putting on a dressing gown that has been warming on a radiator after a cold day out. So very comforting.

What is great is that this collection of short stories reminded me of all the things that I love about her writing. The relatable characters, the lifelike settings and the sense of escapism. It was a book that I needed in between reading a few heavy texts.

What is lovely to know – and so very evident in the characters on display in Paris for One and Other Stories – is that when you pick up a Jojo Moyes book it feels like going home.

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes is available now.

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Title: Uncommon Type

Author: Tom Hanks

Pages: 416 Pages

Publisher: Arrow

The Blurb

A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. 

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game–and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

The Review

Tom Hanks’ selection of short stories is a delightful read. They read like the man acts and I don’t think I would have expected any less. You can see the blend of Hanks’s natural wit along with the influence of filmic style.

For me the one downside is that the short stories featured in Uncommon Type tended to be on the long side. You couldn’t reakky read the book in one sitting. However, they did work as perfect palate cleansers between different books.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks is available now.

For more information regarding Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) please visit www.platone.com.

Title: Others – Writers on the Power of Words to Help us See Beyond Ourselves

Author: Charles Fernyhough

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: Unbound

The Blurb

It doesn’t take much familiarity with the news to see that the world has become a more hate-filled place. In Others, a group of writers explore the power of words to help us to see the world as others see it, and to reveal some of the strangeness of our own selves.

Through stories, poems, memoirs and essays, we look at otherness in a variety of its forms, from the dividing lines of politics and the anonymising forces of city life, through the disputed identities of disability, gender and neurodiversity, to the catastrophic imbalances of power that stands in the way of social equality. Whether the theme is a casual act of racism or an everyday interaction with someone whose experience seems impossible to imagine, the collection challenges us to recognise our own otherness to those we would set apart as different.

Contributors include: Leila Aboulela, Gillian Allnutt, Damian Barr, Noam Chomsky, Rishi Dastidar, Peter Ho Davies, Louise Doughty, Salena Godden, Colin Grant, Sam Guglani, Matt Haig, Aamer Hussein, Anjali Joseph, A. L. Kennedy, Joanne Limburg, Rachel Mann, Tiffany Murray, Sara Novic, Edward Platt, Alex Preston, Tom Shakespeare, Kamila Shamsie, Will Storr, Preti Taneja and Marina Warner.

The Review

Much like the recent release Common People by Unbound, Others is a collection of essays, short stories, and poems of what it is like to be ‘other’.

What I learned from reading this wonderful collection is that there are so many relatable ways to feel other and that by sharing these kind of stories is so important because it makes you feel less alone.

Please support Unbound publishers because they really do release great books and support brilliant undiscovered writers.

Others – Writers on the Power of Words to Help us See Beyond Ourselves by Charles Fernyhough is available now.

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