Fast Fiction – 5 Short Reads You Will Love
If you enjoy the tangible benefits of reading print (yes, real pages do smell amazing), then you will appreciate a book that is easy to lug around. Having recently packed up my life and moved from Hong Kong to Mumbai, I was reminded whilst thick novels have a certain allure and look great on the bookshelf – they can also be really impractical.
What Is A Novella?
The move to Mumbai prompted me to embark on a love affair with the novella. Typically ranging from 100 to 200 pages, novella’s are too long to be classified as a short story yet too short to be a novel. Historically, these mid-length works have been the underdogs of the literary world. Publishing houses would shy away from them, preferring to publish longer books for cost effectiveness and perceived legitimacy. But the rise of digital publishing has led to a renaissance of the novella. Readers of e-books are less conscious of the amount of pages in a work and novellas have emerged as something of a literary solution for time-poor readers.
These mid-length works have been the underdogs of the literary world…novellas have emerged as a literary solution for time-poor readers.
Even if you eschew the e-reader, the novella’s slim-line size make them perfect solution for when you want a book you can pop into your bag to read on the way to work or take on holiday. And a compact story doesn’t mean it’s any less engaging. Short-form fiction is crafted so every word packs a mighty punch.
Here are some fantastic new novellas to get you started on the less-is-more star of the literary world.
The Best New Novellas To Add To Your Reading List
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Considered Yoshimoto’s most popular book, Kitchen, is an award-winning novella containing two stories exploring love and loss. The writing is elegant, full of emotion and contains elements of magical realism.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
First published in 1899, this classic was thought to be one of the first American works looking at women’s issues. Focusing on a woman trapped in a loveless marriage it explores the concept of self outside of the pre-defined roles of wife and mother.
The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura
A student stumbles upon a dead body with a gun lying next to it and the world he has always known is no longer the same. Full of suspense, this story was originally published in a Japanese literary magazine before becoming an award-winning book.
Intimacy by Hanif Kureishi
In this honest and personal account of self-reflection, Jay, the middle-aged narrator of this story is preparing to leave his partner and their two children. Kureishi is an expert in creating soul stirring characters and this impactful story will definitely leave a mark.
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Set in suburban Seoul, this intriguing story examines the life of a young married woman, Yeong-hye, and her decision to give up meat in a society of passionate carnivores. Exploring themes such as non-conformity, eroticism and mental health, Kang’s writing is captivating.