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Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories (New York Review Books Classics) - Robert Walser, Tom Whalen, Tom Whalen, Nicole Kongeter, Annette Wiesner

2016 NYRB Selection for Sept.

 

Walser's short stories are really more like flash fiction, though that term had not been invented when his work was first published.  If you have read Italio Calvino, you might want to try Walser for the writing, magic, and absurdity are very similar, though Calvino is the better writer.   

 

The best stories in this collection are the ones about the kittens, the spirit of the forest, and the murderess.  There is some humor as well, as in the one about the dentist.