A chat room for bird lovers. A summit on genocide. A superstore where someone's abandoned a baby. These are the settings for just a few of the short stories in A.M.Homes' new collection, Days of Awe — her first in more than 15 years. "I think there's a compression to short stories, and a kind of sense that there's something already happening by the time you get there," she says. "I describe it as, the train has already left the station, and the reader comes in, say, in Chicago. And that's very different from a novel that has a long, sort of unfolding, pastoral approach to storytelling." Interview Highlights On her interest in the differences between the public and private faces people present I'm definitely, if not obsessed by that, I think there's a...
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A.M. Homes: Short Stories Are 'Food For The Soul And For The Mind'