Short stories published in 2009

Listing 51 stories.

A lonely young boy navigates his sexually-frustrated mother and closeted gay father's unhappy marriage.

A young Chinese woman has just been divorced by her husband and wonders what her next stage in life will be. However, her dark past makes her wonder if her life is worth living, until she meets an older gentleman.

In a retelling of the story of Helen of Troy from the Iliad, King Agamemnon's daughter grapples with rage and sorrow when her father agrees to sacrifice her to appease the gods.

A Korean War nurse faces gripping memories of childhood loss upon encountering an old friend.

A British sergeant in the Gulf War begins to question his experiences when a strange man saves him from certain death, only to haunt him for years after.

In a world where death is impermanent, a young woman wakes again and again in a futuristic dating center where wealthy men visit long-dead women and decide whether or not to pay for their body's full revival.

Sometime in the twentieth or twenty-first century, a teenage runaway finds refuge working in Wyoming for over 15 years for an older cattle rancher whose unrequited love complicates the terms of her employment.

As a group of international journalists flee the Nazi invasion of Paris, they seek refuge at a man's home, but the man decides to hold them hostage. The group must decide how much they're willing to pay for their freedom.

A 33-year-old woman living in an apocalyptic Scotland with her husband writes in her diary about the tribulations of their lives and their pilgrimage to Russia in hope of a more stable existence.

When a psychoanalyst's family forces him to give up his poker addiction, he uses the misery of one of his patients, a poker champion, to keep his need to gamble at bay.