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Novella in the New Year

Want to get your year in books off to a great start? Consider a novella – a short novel (or a long story) under 200 pages. While a lot of books these days clock in around a hefty 300-400 pages, in decades past a book under 200 pages was more the rule than the exception. Consider some of the classics – John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome, and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea can be read in a day. In addition to the classics novellas are having a bit of a renaissance at the moment, especially in genre fiction. We've curated a range of works on the 2nd floor, from classics to fantasy published in 2017, all under 200 pages. Come by this month to novella in the new year!


Seanan McGuire - Every Heart a Doorway
Maurice Broaddus - Buffalo Soldier
Sarah Gailey - River of Teeth
China Miéville - The Last Days of New Paris
Cesar Aira - Conversations
John Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men
Kent Haruf - Our Souls at Night
Sandra Cisneros - The House on Mango Street
Neil Gaiman - The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Han Kang - The Vegetarian
Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea
H.G. Wells - The Island of Doctor Moreau
Edith Wharton - Ethan Frome
Shirley Jackson - We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Posted on Jan. 5, 2018 by Lia Ryland