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Little Black Book of Stories by A. S. Byatt
Little Black Book of Stories contains five short stories by A. S. Byatt, telling stories of common people with everyday lives, yet mixed with irony, fantasy, and horror. Two women meet a monster on a forest path as teenagers, but don't discuss it again until they've reached middle age. A woman grieving for her dead husband slowly turns to stone. A man's whose wife is crippled by Alzheimer's is visited by a ghost of her as a young woman. An obstetrician forces a young woman carrying his baby to go through with a pregnancy even though she fears it may kill her. A failed novelist teaches a creative writing class, but his indifference leads to a unlikely end. A. S. Byatt's collection has received much praise, with The Telegraph saying, "Little Black Book of Stories is the ideal primer for anyone who has not yet discovered AS Byatt, and a delight for those who have."