Short Stories

Public Library, and Other Stories by Ali Smith

Anyone who loves the public library, and the books that are in it, will enjoy this wonderful book of short stories. The stories are framed by comments from individuals concerned about the closure of hundreds of public libraries in the U.K. The stories themselves are funny, sad, intriguing, and more. They really capture our love of reading. I particularly liked the “The Human Claim,” which juxtaposed challenging a fraudulent charge on a credit card with determining where D. H. Lawrence had been buried. I also enjoyed “The Ex-Wife,” which described the effect the writer Katherine Mansfield had on one household. But all of the tales are witty, clever, and engrossing.

~Rebecca

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