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30 min read stories

Discover a collection of stories which are around 30 minutes read time.

27 min read

Victory Lap

* Story contains bad language

Three days shy of her fifteenth birthday, Alison Pope paused at the top of the stairs.Say the staircase was marble. Say she descended and all heads turned....

31 min read

Home

* Story contains bad language

Three cars for two grownups, I thought. What a country. What a couple of selfish dicks my wife and her new husband were.

33 min read

Mother’s Day

* Story contains bad language

Well, if he wanted a fight, she knew how to fight. She liked it. She was good at it. She’d make him pay. The way she always had.

31 min read

The Headstrong Historian

Many years after her husband had died, Nwamgba still closed her eyes from time to time to relive his nightly visits to her hut, and the mornings after, when...

25 min read

Cell one

* Story contains bad language

The first time our house was robbed, it was our neighbor Osita who climbed in through the dining-room window and stole our TV and VCR, and the “Purple Rain”...

29 min read

Birdsong

* Story contains bad language

The woman, a stranger, was looking at me. In the glare of the hot afternoon, in the swirl of motorcycles and hawkers, she was looking down at me from the...

28 min read

Mothers

* Story contains bad language

Here she is, on the porch, all straw-hair and slumpy joints and a crack that passes through her lip like she is dirt that has never known rain. In her arms...

29 min read

Eight bites

* Story contains bad language

As they put me to sleep, my mouth fills with the dust of the moon. I expect to choke on the silt but instead it slides in and out, and in and out, and I am,...

32 min read

The Metro

* Story contains bad language

Set in Paris. This is a story of love and murder, and a little voodoo.

30 min read

The Master Maid

* Story contains bad language

A stubborn young prince goes to work for an evil troll, and falls in love with a maid.

28 min read

The Bamboo Cutter and the Moon Child

A moonlight princess does not wish to marry, or else she will disappear.