Short stories by Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers (February 19, 1917 – September 29, 1967) was an American novelist, short-story writer, playwright, essayist, and poet. Her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), explores the spiritual isolation of misfits and outcasts in a small town of the Southern United States. Her other novels have similar themes and most are set in the deep South.

Listing 5 stories.

After his newspaper route, a young paperboy enters a Southern café, only to be roped into a philosophical conversation surrounding love by an old man.

A teenage boy bonds with his 12-year-old cousin when things start looking up for his love life. But what comes up must come down, endangering the cousins’ lifelong friendship.

When a steely and fiercely independent woman opens her heart to a bizarre visitor, it uplifts their entire Southern town, until their relationship falls prey to another man’s revenge.

A jockey becomes heated after a big race and disrespects those around him.

A middle-aged man grieving the recent death of his father visits the families of his ex-wife and his current lover. As he does, he is deeply grieved by the passage of time and how his life has changed so much in a matter of years.