Black Dahlia and White Rose: Stories
by Joyce Carol Oates
With her latest collection of short Stories, Black Dahlia and White Rose: Stories, author Joyce Carol Oates delivers what fans have appreciated about her for decades. Like her previous works, this collection features a number of well written stories that focus heavily on characterization. The majority of these stories are dark in tone, focusing on the character’s inner thoughts and feelings, sometimes to a disturbing degree. It should be noted that the stories in this collection have been featured in various publications over the years.
Y: A Novel
by Marjorie Celona
Y: A Novel is the debut novel of author Marjorie Celona. The story follows a young women named Shannon as she struggles in the foster care system after being abandoned by her mother at birth. The narration is very interesting as the story is told in first person, narrated by Shannon, but from a third person omniscient point of view. Shannon tells the reader details of a past she was not actively a part of or too young to remember. Although much of the novel is harsh and emotional, it is beautifully written and very engaging.
Tenth of December
by George Saunders
Author George Saunders is back with his latest collection of short stories, The Tenth of December. This collection, featuring stories in various genres, focuses heavily of both social issues and delving into the human psyche. Although a couple of the stories are surprisingly lighter in tone, the majority are rather dark and occasionally disturbing. It should be noted that all of the stories have previously appeared in various publications over the years.