South Africa after apartheid is no country for old men in J.M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace”
Joy Williams’ characters practice enlightenment by exclusion in this sad, sparse collection of short stories.
In trying to show us the light, Marilynne Robinson illuminates the darkness.
The tortured collaboration between Raymond Carver and Gordon Lish produced a masterpiece in American short fiction.
Truth is stranger than fiction in Tim O’Brien’s brilliant meditation on the Vietnam War.
Annie Dillard’s “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” dares us to open our eyes.