So what are “linked stories”? Here is what the library’s Cataloguers staff tell me:
Linked stories are short stories with a common thread. Some might term them as “a novel in stories”.
Essentially a larger story that is told through several smaller stories. The common thread might be characters / subject matter / or locale etc.
Here are five recent collections that you may enjoy.
The Midnight Promise : a detective’s story in ten cases (M)
by Zane Lovitt
The story of detective John Dorn told in ten cases. The “cases” are as different as can be, but each one reveals a little more of Dorn’s own troubled past and his dire present, leading to a final confrontation with his arch nemesis: himself.
“This is the story of a place that never looks the same way twice: a place imagined anew by each citizen who walks through the changing streets, among voices half-heard, signs half-glimpsed and desires half-acknowledged.” – Publisher.
Sixteen linked stories explore the marginalized humanity in communities, hospitals, and nursing homes in San Francisco, including an elderly Chinese immigrant who is forced to make a painful sacrifice and a young veteran whose injuries symbolize the rest of his life.
Now, in this collection of interconnected short stories, Jennifer Haigh returns to the vividly imagined world of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town rocked by decades of painful transition. From its heyday during two World Wars through its slow decline, Bakerton is a town that refuses to give up gracefully, binding–sometimes cruelly – succeeding generations to the place that made them.
When It Happens to You: a novel in stories (M)
by Molly Ringwald
A collection of interlinked stories follows a Los Angeles family and their friends and neighbors as they negotiate the deceptions and heartbreaks of everyday life.