June is Novella Month


How’s this for a definition of novella: “a novella, I think, looks through the narrow lens of a short story, and with a short story’s intense focus, at a small, precise part of the world, but it treats what’s within that lens with a novel’s generosity and care.”

Jacket Copy talks about novella-writing month. Which happens to be this month. Lucky for me, most of the short stories I write end up being novellas anyway.

What’s your favorite novella?

Is the best one ever written The Dead by James Joyce? Followed by The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James? Or does The Metamorphosis beat them both?

Michael Berger is a barely-published writer and book-seller living in San Francisco. He is one of the founding Corsairs of the Iron Garters Bike Club and is currently pursuing a degree in applied pataphysics. He sometimes eats oatmeal for dinner. More from this author →