The novella has long been a recluse, an outcast in the family of literary styles. It is disobedient and can’t be edited down or extended without bringing on disaster. Its narrative development and elaboration of conflict and character are more complex than in the typical short story, but it forgoes the superabundant modulation, the polyphonic and contrapuntal notes that define a novel’s progress. The five novellas gathered here are vastly different in form and tone, mood and method, but each displays a luminosity found nowhere else.
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A Chocolate Malted for Charles Ives
False Water Society
Several Bawdy Acts
Meditaton: First and Last Trek, Zangskar
From Present Tense
Market Tender Family