There are few authors that can pull off the short story, novella type books and Robert Boswell is one of them. "They Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards" is phenomenal. In his stories the characters are a bit unfortunate. A woman, having lost her disabled husband, now finds that she has also lost her best friend. A house cleaner has been abandoned by her husband. A needy young man goes broke while in the thrall of a fortune teller, etc. The thing about Boswell is that he can take a "loser" type character and turn their misadventure into a haunting thrill ride, with twists and turns every reader can enjoy.
I don't want to give too much away, but trust me you don't want to miss this!!!