Friday, July 08, 2016

Small Is Beautiful

 Book2Book - July 2016

Small but perfectly formed: the novella is back. The slim little sister of your regular novel, a novella is usually defined as coming in under 50,000 words. But any long short story or short novel may slip into the category.

This in-betweener status can leave the novella out in the cold: booksellers reportedly don't like them because the spines are too slim to be noticed on the shelf. Plus it's hard to put a hefty price tag on a book that's, in the literal sense at least, light-weight. But this summer, the form is making a come-back.

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