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Dec 11 2008

The Strongest Link

by Jimmy L

The linked short story collection is a literary form that has largely flown under the radar.  We know what a novel is, and we know what a short story is too.  So what is this “linked short story” thing?  Well, it’s sort of a middle ground between the two.  A linked short story collection tells a big-picture story, but does it through a collection of short stories.  These stories may have similar characters or locations, but each one can stand on its own and be read as a short story as well.  The best of both worlds?  You decide.  Here are a few linked short story collections the library owns:

Have you read any books in this genre?  If so, please share in the comments section.

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Lynne C December 18, 2008 at 5:57 PM

I have fond memories of The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy. It sounds like it might be this genre.

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