BOOKS SHORT STO­RIES

TOM HANKS

WHO - - The List - Wil­liam Heine­mann Blooms­bury Macmil­lan

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.

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