BOOKS SHORT STORIES
9 UNCOMMON TYPE
The Oscar-winning actor has played countless characters throughout his career—now he’s created his own in this debut collection of short stories. Hanks collects vintage typewriters (he has 100) and a typewriter features in each of the 17 tales in Uncommon Type, which the star began writing in 2015. (Out now)
SOUR HEART JENNY ZHANG
Zhang’s debut collection—the first release from Lena Dunham’s publishing imprint—tells the loosely linked stories of Chinese immigrant girls in New York as they come of age and experience everything from poverty to puberty. On first reading, Dunham was “a little jealous,” she said.
TELL TALE JEFFREY ARCHER
Almost 10 years on from the publication of his last collection of short stories, the master storyteller returns with a new volume of 14 yarns, some inspired by “my travels from Grantchester to Calcutta, from Christchurch to Capetown,” the author writes in the foreword. Guaranteed to captivate. (Out now)
FRESH COMPLAINT JEFFREY EUGENIDES 4th Estate
In his first book of short stories, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author introduces characters caught in an emergency—whether personal or on a larger scale: from lovelorn arts graduate Mitchell who’s on a quest for enlightenment to failed poet Kendall who takes up embezzling. You’ll be hooked.