Michael Martone’s Favorite Novellas

Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, by Alan Sillitoe

The Living End (3 of them actually in one book), by Stanley Elkin

Chimera (ditto), by John Barth

Badlands, by Cynthia Reeves

Report of Ito Sadohara, by Michael Mejia

Ordinary Love and Good Will, by Jane Smiley

The Mezzanine and Room Temperature, by Nicholson Baker

Three Lives, by Gertrude Stein

Blood Child, by Octavia E. Butler

This is Where My Life Went Wrong, by C. Bard Cole

Michael Martone is the author of eight books of fiction including Seeing Eye; The Thoughts of Dan Quayle; Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler’s List; Safety Patrol; Alive and Dead in Indiana; The Blue Guide to Indiana; Michael Martone; and Double-Wide: Collected Fiction of Michael Martone. He’s written many workd on nonfiction including The Flatness and Other Landscapes, a collection of his own essays about the Midwest(AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction in 1998).
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