The Short Review

shining the spotlight on short story collections

Review: Greetings, Hero

Greetings, Hero by Aiden O’Reilly Published by Honest Publishing, November 2014 Reviewed by Cath Barton “I ran my fingers across the rough chisel cuts, trying to achieve a closer contact. The … Continue reading

December 4, 2017

SaltWater by Lane Ashfeldt: Review

SaltWater by Lane Ashfeldt Liberties Press, 2014 Reviewed by Cath Barton “The taste of tobacco filled his mouth and made it water. Jim spat, and he felt ready for the sea again. You … Continue reading

August 14, 2014

Rivka Galchen, American Innovations: Review

American Innovations by Rivka Galchen Fourth Estate, May 2014 Reviewed by Tania Hershman “I had not always – had not even long – been a daylight ghost, a layabout, a mal pensant, a … Continue reading

August 5, 2014

Peter Tieryas Liu, Watering Heaven: Review

Watering Heaven by Peter Tieryas Liu Signal8Press, 2012 Reviewed by Elaine Chiew “‘It’s silence I want to hear,’ he said.  ‘That single instance where a person is bare and pure and doesn’t … Continue reading

July 13, 2014

Fractals: Short Stories by Joanna Walsh. Review.

Fractals: Short Stories by Joanna Walsh 3:AM Press, 2013 Reviewed by Hannah Tuson “All your life you’ve been asked to choose: to be the woman who didn’t drink canned sodas, who didn’t watch American television … Continue reading

June 16, 2014

Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz: Review

Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange. Chatto & Windus, 2011 Reviewed by Tania Hershman “Inside everyone, I thought, there is the child they once were. … Continue reading

May 15, 2014

Review of As Long As It Takes by Maria C. McCarthy

As Long As It Takes by Maria C. McCarthy Cultured Llama, 2014 Reviewed by Pauline Masurel “It’s a woman’s life. What else will you do if you don’t have children?” The title story … Continue reading

April 10, 2014

Review of Smoked Meat by Rowena Macdonald

Smoked Meat by Rowena Macdonald      Flambard Press,  2011 Reviewed by Elaine Chiew            “What will we do without chocolate?” “We gotta start havin’ sex instead.”  After Jennifer Egan’s A Visit To The … Continue reading

November 28, 2013

Alice Munro Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature!

We are so excited here at Short Review Towers that last week Alice Munro, one of the greatest living writers, and one who has focussed on the short story, was … Continue reading

October 18, 2013

From the Archives: Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro

Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro Penguin, 1968 Reviewed by Brian George in 2010 “Mason Williams was one of the heroes of the school; he played basketball and … Continue reading

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