need suggestions of SHORT classics!
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They all seem to have jobs and social lives and such things so we're focusing on shorter books, mostly classics/modern classics, but with some general fiction thrown in as well.
I'm going through my recently read lists for shorter books, but felt I needed some extra help!
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And Roald Dahl did some great twist-ending short stories.
Cranford by Gaskell might be an easy sell since it's been televised with Judy Dench in by the BBC - it's episodic, funny, warm and women character centred.
Jane Austen's juvenalia includes some little known novellas that might be new to your group, and she's always readable - Catherine or Love and Freindship might be worth a go.
Sorry, in a hurry, so this is off the top of my head.
ETA: all kinda girly picks above, which is what I read for choice - maybe also Stalky and Co (also episodic and funny, a school story about poshos written for adults, Kipling as ever v imperialistic which can set hackles up but then again, makes for discussion)
Aspern Papers is short and not as convoluted sentences as James can be. Um. My sentences could use some improving, yes.
Yellow Wallpaper is a feminist classic, going girly again, is avail cheap from dover classics as mentioned above. Creeping madness, v unsettling.
Modest Proposal is nonfiction, is all repressed rage and sneaky horridity, dover thrift, cheap edition available.
Flatland is a bizarre mathematical fantasy. Warning; all the characterisation is two dimensional.