I’ve read 24/102 books that fall into the novella category (including short NF) – well okay a couple of them were slightly over 200 pages, but either had enough white spaces or huge font sizes to bring their word count into spec. Balancing that two were longish short stories at around the 50 page mark. I’m going to include them all!
After that, I continued to read some fiction novella gems and these all scored 10/10 too: Claire Keegan’s poignant Foster, through Gwendoline Riley’s biting My Phantoms, then the jazz of Viper’s Dream by Jake Lamar, and most recently A Little Luck by Argentinian author Claudia Pineiro.
There were several works of short nonfiction but they are covered in my previous post.
Several other fiction novellas are worth mentioning in particular: I found Russell Hoban’s Kleinzeit so zany, The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin crammed so much into 139 pages, and stood up to a 21st century reading, Skin Deep by Antonia Lassa, from the Spanish and set in France introduced a wonderful protagonist.
These are my novella highlights from the year so far.
Have you read any of them?
What are your recommendations?
I shall finish with a plug for my own November reading week…
From Nov 18-26 it’s Reading Beryl 2023. Many of Bainbridge’s novels are novella length, so I hope that you will join in with me to celebrate a beloved author.