Most of our childhood favorites can be considered short novels or novellas, so no wonder it’s comforting to have a handful of thinner books on our TBR pile. As a loose guide, short novels are 200 pages or fewer, novellas are 60 to 120 pages, and short stories average 4,000 words. Consider this collection our grateful nod to brevity: short stories, novellas, and novels—all 200 pages or less—that we can consume in one sitting.
The Red Lobster is going out of business and Manny has to keep a brave face as he and his staff close up one last time. This is a gem of a book with a main character so fully realized you'll swear you've met him somewhere. Also, if you've ever worked in a failing chain restaurant, you’ll appreciate it on an even deeper level.