Short stories can illuminate psychological truths without the effort to the writer or the reader of a full-length novel.
Enjoyed Laura Lippman
The Hunger Games, Frankenstein, and more.
I noticed the other day when I posted a snapshot of ‘Buffalo Girls’ that it was the first novel I’d read in 4 months. After I finished scolding myself, I recalled that I’d taken a short story appreciation class in Aug and Sep and had continued on in that vein for awhile.
Diem Perdidi by Julie Otsuka
It’s a good example of the difference to a reader between a story and an essay. Ms. Otsuka could have described the mother in either style.