Small Gems

Sometimes a short book can really pack a punch with its economy of words and tight focus. If you're looking for a book that is quick and engaging, try one of these small gems. The following titles are all less than 225 pages. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library.


Aboulela, Leila. The Translator. 1999.

Bainbridge, Beryl. Every Man for Himself. 1996.

Banville, John. The Sea. 2005.
     Also available: Large Type, CD 

Bauer, Carlene. Frances and Bernard. 2012.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Benioff, David. The 25th Hour. 2000.

Bennett, Alan. The Uncommon Reader. 2007.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Berg, Elizabeth. Joy School. 1997.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Brookner, Anita. Leaving Home. 2005.
     Also available: CD

Chaudhuri, Amit. A New World. 2000.

Chessman, Harriet Scott. Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper. 2001.

Chiang, Ted. The Lifecycle of Software Objects. 2010. (Adult Science Fiction CHI).

Coelho, Paulo. The Alchemist. 1993.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Coetzee, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians. 1980.

Dai, Sijie. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. 2001.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Dallas, Sandra. The Persian Pickle Club. 1995.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Doerr, Harriet. Stones for Ibarra. 1984.

Dunn, Mark. Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable . 2001.

Emecheta, Buchi. Second-Class Citizen. 1974.

Enchi, Fumiko. The Waiting Years. 1971.

Fitzgerald, Penelope. The Blue Flower. 1995.

Frucht, Abby. Licorice. 1990.

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Memories of My Melancholy Whores. 2005.

Gary, Romain. The Life Before Us. 1978.

Gibbons, Kaye. A Virtuous Woman. 1989.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Gordimer, Nadine. July’s People. 1981.
     Also available: Large Type

Holleran, Andrew. Grief. 2006.

Iweala, Uzodinma. Beasts of No Nation. 2005.

Johnson, Barb. More of This World Or Maybe Another. 2009.

Johnson, Charles. Middle Passage. 1990.

Johnson, Denis. Train Dreams. 2002.

Keilson, Hans. Comedy in a Minor Key. 2010.

Khadra, Yasmina. The Swallows of Kabul. 2004.

Kimberling, Brian. Snapper. 2013.

Kiteley, Brian. Still Life with Insects. 1989.

Krilanovich, Grace. The Orange Eats Creeps. 2010.

Lalami, Laila. Hope & Other Dangerous Pursuits. 2005.

Leigh, Julia. Disquiet. 2008.

Le Tellier, Herve. Enough About Love. 2011.

Lightman, Alan P. Einstein’s Dreams. 1993.

Lippincott, Robin. Mr. Dalloway. 1999.

Maclean, Norman. A River Runs Through It. 1976.

Marai, Sandor. Embers. 2001.
     Also available: CD

Martin, Valerie. Property. 2003.

Mazetti, Katarina. Benny & Shrimp. 2008.

McCall Smith, Alexander. Portuguese Irregular Verbs. 2003.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

McEwan, Ian. On Chesil Beach. 2007.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Medvei, Cornelius. Mr. Thundermug. 2007.

Mohr, Joshua. Some Things That Meant the World To Me. 2009.

Moore, Lorrie. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? 1994.

Moore, Susanna. My Old Sweetheart. 1982.

Morgan, Marlo. Mutant Message Down Under. 1994.

Morrison, Toni. Sula. 1973.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Muñoz Molina, Antonio. In Her Absence. 2006.

Nothomb, Amelie. The Character of Rain. 2000.

Oates, Joyce Carol. Black Water. 1992.
     Also available: Large Type

O’Nan, Stewart. Last Night at the Lobster. 2007.
     Also available: CD

Otsuka, Julie. Buddha in the Attic. 2011.
     Also available: CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Pears, Iain. The Portrait. 2005. (Adult Mystery PEA).
     Also available: CD

Rahimi, Atiq. A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear. 2011.

Richardson, Bill. Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast. 1993.

Richaud, Frederic. Gardener to the King. 2000.

Robinson, Marilynne. Housekeeping. 1980.
     Also available: CD 

Roth, Philip. Everyman. 2006.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook, Digital Player

Sadawi, Nawal. God Dies by the Nile. 1985.

Saki. The Unbearable Bassington. 1982.

Santis, Pablo de. Voltaire’s Calligrapher. 2010.

Saramago, Jose. All the Names. 1999.

Savage, Sam. Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife. 2006.

Schlink, Bernhard. The Reader. 1997.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Schulz, Bruno. The Street of Crocodiles. 1963.

Shua, Ana Maria. Patient. 1997.

Sigaud, Dominique. Somewhere in a Desert. 1998.

Smith, Alexis. Glaciers. 2012.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. 1963.
     Also available: eAudiobook

Soriano, Osvaldo. A Funny Dirty Little War. 1986.

Sorokin, Vladimir. Day of the Oprichnik. 2011.

Soucy, Gaétan. The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches. 2000.

Suskind, Patrick. Mr. Summer’s Story. 1993.

Talarigo, Jeff. The Ginseng Hunter. 2008.
    Also available: CD

Torres, Justin. We the Animals. 2011.
     Also available: CD, eBook

Trevor, William. Love and Summer. 2009.
    Also available: CD

Tsukiyama, Gail. The Samurai’s Garden. 1994.

Tuck, Lily. I Married You for Happiness. 2011.

Watson, Larry. Montana 1948. 1993.
     Also available: CD

West, Jessamyn. The Friendly Persuasion. 1971.

White, Bailey. Quite a Year for Plums. 1998.
     Also available: Large Type

Wolff, Tobias. Old School. 2003.
     Also available: CD

Yoshimoto, Banana. Kitchen. 1993.