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Old 05-09-2005, 06:42 PM
Shadez Shadez is offline
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Looking for interrelated short stories

Another writer had a project where he wrote about residents in an apartment building. I really liked them because, for example, the girl who is having relationship problems with her husband is the same girl who would, in a different story, be the cause of a shy man's affections (and she is completely oblivious to his situation and vice versa).

Does anyone know any short story collections where it is about a group of people, and each story has a different narrator, or at least rotating narrators, where they are not all directly interacting with another at all times, but sometimes very indirectly?

This question is so narrow. But thanks if you know anything.

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Old 05-09-2005, 07:22 PM
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Maeve Binchy has a couple of short story collections like that. Two that I can remember are The Lilac Bus and Victoria Line, Central Line (I think the latter was published in the U.S. as London Transport.)
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Old 05-09-2005, 09:16 PM
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It's not exactly what you're looking for, but Spoon River Anthology is a classic.
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Old 05-09-2005, 09:19 PM
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Oh, and do you specifically mean different narrators, or different protagonists?
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Old 05-09-2005, 11:34 PM
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There's always Salinger's Glass family.
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Old 05-09-2005, 11:49 PM
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Oh, and do you specifically mean different narrators, or different protagonists?
Either or.

I'm really looking for the cool effect of something that seems so minor in one story is suddenly shown to be major in another story, and relationships as seen through different people's eyes (whether stranger or obsession).

Thanks for the replies.
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Old 05-10-2005, 12:03 AM
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Okay, here are some other thoughts...

Rashomon (the all-time classic)
The Biography of Dom Manuel of Poictesme (James Branch Cabell--way more than what you're looking for, but what the hell)
Godbody (Ted Sturgeon--actually a novel, but the chapters are done in different styles with different narrators)

You might also want to check out the fiction at Eastgate Systems--they've done a lot of lit-snob hypertext, and should have some stuff along the lines you're looking for.
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Old 05-10-2005, 07:35 AM
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253 by Geoff Ryman; the title refers to the number of people in a London tube train.
Each short chapter is from a different character's point of view and as you read you build up ideas of everybody from snippets of all the different stories...

It was originally written to be read on-line (although it's seen print since), so you could follow the relationships between people in all sorts of directions and not necessarily read it sequentially, I guess it may still be on the internet somewhere...
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Old 05-10-2005, 07:42 AM
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There is a little of this in Neil Gaiman's Sandman series of comic books (now collected into 10 volumes), especially if you include the two spin-off miniseries series Death: The High Cost of Living and Death: The Time of Your Life. Not really the focus of the work, though.

--Cliffy
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Old 05-10-2005, 07:45 AM
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Stephen Dixon writes this stuff a lot. I think QUITE CONTRARY qualilfies.
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Old 05-10-2005, 12:41 PM
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If you have access to a library that carries The New York Times Book Review, start flipping through back issues. This mode of storytelling has been increasingly popular in the last few years, especially with younger writers. I haven't paid attention to particular titles, but I see this description in reviews all the time. For that matter you could look through the short stories section at your library. The copy on the book jacket will likely tell you immediately if the stories are connected in this way.

One author who frequently writes like this is Andrea Barrett:
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Most of the six stories in this new collection [Servants of the Map] are explicitly related to these two earlier books. For example, Nora Kynd, an Irish immigrant who finds her vocation by caring for tubercular patients in the Adirondack Mountains ("The Cure"), is the sister of Ned Kynd, the ship's cook who survived the extremities suffered by the Narwhal's crew. Lavinia Wells, the mercurial and intellectually hungry narrator of "Theories of Rain," is the mother of the botanist Erasmus Darwin Wells, a voyager on the Narwhal and that novel's narrator. In fact, a reader familiar with the immediate predecessors of "Servants of the Map" gradually senses that Barrett is writing a huge serial novel, akin to William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha cycle or Louise Erdrich's interconnected Native American novels, isolating diverse (nineteenth and twentieth century) and diversely questing characters and then painstakingly showing us how they are interrelated.
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