Short stories in the genre Coming-Of-Age

Listing 388 stories.

A housewife in Wisconsin tries desperately to warn people about the impending doom Hitler poses as he rises to power in Europe. Simultaneously, she lives vicariously through her daughters and hopes to glean satisfaction out of their romances where she can't from her own.

A young girl obsessed with birdsong and other music finds a witch who helps her become a powerful and magical musician presiding over a remote coastal village. She becomes dissatisfied with the limits of her powers and decides to seek more.

A woman leaves her island home to serve at a créche on the mainland in a poor area of the city. There, she falls in love with one of the children she cares for and wants him as her own, but his mother commits a crime that puts the boy out of reach.

After one of his best friends commits suicide, a sixth-grader exacts his revenge on the teacher whose sexual abuse led his friend to his death.

An adolescent runaway considers enlisting to fight in World War II so that he can escape getting involved in the crimes happening around him.

A young boy finds a clearing while exploring the wilderness and meditatively observes the nature around him.

A sixteen-year-old Catholic schoolboy and his crew plot to save up for a night at a local whorehouse. He wrestles between parching lust for the nameless female essence and soft, wavering love for his sweetheart, finally feeling the two sensations meld into one when the experience is through.

In mid-20th century Paris, a young woman ends her engagement, hoping to be with another man. When things do not go as planned, however, the young woman struggles to meet both her own wants and desires and her parents' expectations.

A young girl with a grievous family situation grows up and tries to escape her reality by seeking false love and affection.

The tragic loss of his childhood friend puts a boy on the path of religion - but his inner feelings remain as repressed and turbulent as they always were.