Some Novella in November inspiration!

Do you want to take part in Novellas in November but aren’t sure where to start? To kick off our month celebrating the short novel, I’ve pulled together a list of novellas that I’ve reviewed on my blog over the last seven years! Just click on the titles to read my reviews.

Don’t forget to check back during the week. It’s Contemporary Novellas week and I have some really interesting reviews lined up.

Remember, if you have posted for Novellas in November, then don’t forget to tag myself or Rebecca and we will add your post to the master list.

Contemporary Novellas

Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson

Tinkers by Paul Harding

Light Boxes by Shane Jones

The Mezzanine by Nicholson Barker

Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore

The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Point Omega by Don DeLillo

Desperate Characters by Paula Fox

Horses by Keith Ridgway

The Hunters by Claire Messud

Exquisite Cadavers by Meena Kandesamy

Calm With Horses (from Young Skins) by Colin Barrett

Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann

Slade House by David Mitchell

Classic Novellas

The Visitor by Maeve Brennan

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

The Hard Life by Flann O’Brien

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Assumption of Rogues & Rascals by Elizabeth Smart

Ice by Anna Kavan

The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

Novellas in Translation

The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder

Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Michael Emmerich

Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky

Now You’re One of Us by Asa Nonami, translated by Michael Volek & Mitsuku Volek

Piercing by Ryu Murakami, translated by Ralph McCarthy

A Certain Smile by Francoise Sagan, translated by Irene Ash

Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi, translated by Adriana Hunter

Ghachar Ghochar! by Vivek Shanbhag, translated by Shrinrath Perur

Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba, translated by Lisa Dillman

The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith

Non-Fiction Novellas

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

This Is Water by Davod Foster Wallace

The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm

So, what do you think? Have you read any of these or does anything here take your fancy? Do let me know if you have any good novellas lined up to read this month!

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  1. What a great selection.
    Slade House is very well timed, and I just gave it to a friend as a recommended read.
    Beside the Sea was atmospheric in French but I found it flat and depressing in English when I tried to give it to someone (but they didn’t mind).
    I just finished Train Dreams by Denis Johnson and gave that to a friend too, highly recommending it to her.


  2. Of the ones you list, I am going to mention the ones that really stood out as special for me: ‘Desperate Characters’ by Paula Fox, ‘Visitors’ by Maeve Brennan, ‘Jesus’ Son’ by Denis Johnson, ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys.
    The one I most want to read is ‘A Certain Smile’ by Francoise Sagan.


  3. I’ve read a handful of the classic novellas on your list — Woolf, James and Rhys for example — but fewer recent ones. (A Room of One’s Own must fall into the non-fiction novella category, I’d guess.) I will be reading a couple of #NovNov titles, but I shan’t be committing to specific items until they actually come down from the shelf!

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  4. What a great list, thank you! I’m not sure I can join in as I don’t think I can keep up with the weekly prompts, but the challenge and this list have made me very aware of novellas – I know that might seem like a stupid thing to say, but it just has, I’ve always thought I wasn’t really a short story/novella reader but I am without realising it! I need to read more in translation too and your list is full of good ideas.


  5. Really interesting list. I’ve read a few of these… Visitation (amazing), A Sense of Being (I preferred his The Noise of Time, both of which are more short novels than novellas), The Yellow Wallpaper (amazing, but… it really is a short story… no matter).


  6. this is such a fantastic idea for a readathon! i feel short stories get a lot of attention and obviously novels do too, but novellas are hardly talked about because they fall in between the two. Im currently reading and loving Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag so hopefully i can post a review for the readathon soon ☺ also Aoko Matsuda’s novella “The Girl Who is Getting Married” is an excellent novella that i read earlier this year 👌


  7. I read a lot of cozy mysteries and they do write a lot of novellas between full length books. I do plan on listening to a couple of versions of The Christmas Carol this year, so one in November sounds perfect.

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