Short stories published in 1938

Listing 34 stories.

After her husband's unexpected death, a white widow becomes a recluse, spending all of her time in her unruly garden. One day, over come by rage, she feels compelled to harm the Black boy who works in her garden.

A taxi driver picks up a mysterious, dirty child who only wants to ride with him. As he picks her up in different spots throughout the summer, he decides he wants to learn more about the unusual girl.

In an apocalyptic future where Earth has been ravaged, a lonely man studies the stars until, one day, they come to him.

A man reflects on his teenage years and the death of his best friend's younger brother. Haunted by an incident shortly before the shocking death, the man laments having irreparably wronged the boy.

After a bartender falls into a ditch on her walk home, a shy bar patron walks her home every night and feelings begin to develop between them.

A merchant in Austria tells stories to customers about the former Emperor during the Great War and their unlikely friendship — one that he feels impacted the trajectory of the entire Austro-Hungarian Empire.

An African American man in his early-20s becomes renowned for his blues performances on the streets around the United States, playing for jail inmates, young couples, and passerbys alike.

A boy listens to his old friend tell a gruesome tale of his experience in the Civil War before the man’s health takes a turn for the worse.

After the death of her father, a teen girl learns to navigate family demands and her own personal desires as she grows up and pursues an education.

A disenchanted couple moves from the country to the city. As they engage with an inside joke that once kept them closely together, it incites an exasperated conversation about long-accumulated problems.