Novellas in November 2022

Novellas in November is being hosted once more by Cathy of 746 Books and Rebecca of Bookish Beck, running from 1-30 November 2022. They suggest 150–200 pages as the upper limit for a novella.

Here’s the schedule:

1–7 November: Short classics (pre 1980) (Rebecca)

8–14 November: Novellas in translation (Cathy)

15–21 November: Short nonfiction (Rebecca)

22–28 November: Contemporary novellas (post 1980) (Cathy)

29–30 November: You might like to post a “New to my TBR” or “My NovNov Month” roundup.

There is also one overall buddy read. Claire Keegan has experienced a resurgence of attention thanks to the Booker Prize shortlisting of Small Things Like These (which I have read – review to follow). Foster is a modern Irish classic that comes in at under 90 pages, and, in its original version, is free to read on the New Yorker website. You can find that here. (Or whet your appetite with Cathy’s review.)

Keegan describes Foster as a “long short story” rather than a novella, but it was published as a standalone volume by Faber in 2010. A new edition will be released by Grove Press in the USA on November 1st, and the book is widely available for Kindle. It is also the source material for the recent record-breaking Irish-language film The Quiet Girl, so there are several ways for you to encounter this story.

I’m aiming to read Foster during November.

I won’t be taking part every week, as there are other books I want to read. But I’m going to pick a few novellas from this pile. They are a mix of fiction and nonfiction.

And I’ll choose one or more from this selection of novellas on my Kindle:

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Signal Moon by Kate Quinn
North to Paradise by Ousman Umar
Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to Happiness
The Ardent Swarm by Yamen Manai
Silent Kill by Jane Casey

4 thoughts on “Novellas in November 2022

  1. You’ve picked some fine novellas, Margaret. And I’m so happy there’s a month dedicated to them. Novellas are sometimes the perfect length to tell a story, and they’re great for those times when one’s limited on time, energy, etc.

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  2. I’m glad you’re interested in Foster and have some other great options to look forward to. Many books by Beryl Bainbridge, Penelope Fitzgerald and Muriel Spark are of novella length. I’m not familiar with the particular ones in your stack, but I have read the ones by Barnes and Winterson. Enjoy your November reading!

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  3. I’m really looking forward to reading Foster! I have a Penelope Fitzgerald on my list…”The Bookshop”. I listened to the audiobook of it last November and have wanted to read it in print. I bought a copy of it months ago but never got around to reading it. I thought I’d add it to the options for this time around. 🙂

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  4. Looks like you have some good choices lined up Margaret. You can never go wrong with Spark and it’s been years since I read Sexing the Cherry but I remember loving it when I did.

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