a taste of the world's best short stories


Welcome to STORYBITES!

I started this site in 2002 with some short story commentaries and a goal -- to help people understand the stories they read, and in the process, learn to appreciate and love short stories as a unique window on the world. As the site has grown and expanded, I've never ceased to be amazed at the positive and enthusiastic reader response.

I've had other supporters too. Early on, I formed an affiliate relationship with Amazon, which essentially means that every time you click on a hyperlink that takes you directly from a Storybites page to an Amazon one, you're supporting this site. Other affiliate relationships have followed as well, offering services from language instruction to online college classes to tutoring.

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Karen Bernardo
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Writer, editor, writing coach for hire!

Sherwood Anderson Reviews:


"The Untold Lie"


Joseph Conrad Reviews:

"Heart of Darkness"

"The Secret Sharer"

Margaret Laurence Reviews:

"A Bird in the House"

Margaret Atwood Reviews:

"Age of Lead"

"Happy Endings"

Stephen Crane Reviews:

"The Open Boat"

"The Men in the Storm"

D.H. Lawrence Reviews:

"The Horse-Dealer's Daughter"

"The Odour of Chrysanthemums"

Isaac Babel Reviews:

"Di Grasso"

"My First Goose"

Charles Dickens Reviews:

"A Christmas Carol"

"The Cricket on the Hearth"

Clarice Lispector Reviews:

"The Chicken"

"The Fifth Story"

James Baldwin Reviews:

"Sonny's Blues"

"This Morning, This Evening, So Soon"

Fyodor Dostoevsky Reviews:

"White Nights"

"Notes From The Underground"

H.P. Lovecraft Reviews:

"The Colour out of Space"

"The Shadow out of Time"

Paule Barton Reviews:

"Emilie Plead Choose One Egg"

William Faulkner:

"Barn Burning"

"A Rose for Emily"

"Spotted Horses"

Bobbie Ann Mason Reviews:

"Drawing Names"


Ann Beattie Reviews:

"The Burning House"


F. Scott Fitzgerald Reviews:

"Babylon Revisited"

"The Rich Boy"

"Crazy Sunday"

Guy de Maupassant Reviews:

"Boule de Suif"

"Mademoiselle Fifi"

"The Necklace"

Ambrose Bierce Reviews:

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"

"The Boarded Window"

Ernest J. Gaines Reviews:

"The Sky is Gray"

Herman Melville Reviews:

"Bartleby the Scrivener"

Heinrich Böll Reviews:

"Like a Bad Dream"

"The Laugher"

John Gardner Reviews:


Flannery O'Connor Reviews:


"A Good Man is Hard to Find"

"Good Country People"


"The River"

Tadeusz Borowski Reviews:

"This Way For the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen"

Charlotte Perkins Gilman:

"The Yellow Wallpaper"

Cynthia Ozick Reviews:

"The Shawl"

Albert Camus Reviews:

"The Guest"

Susan Glaspell Reviews:

"A Jury of Her Peers"

Edgar Allan Poe Reviews:

"The Cask of Amontillado"

"The Tell-Tale Heart"


"Murders on the Rue Morgue"

"The Purloined Letter"

"The Fall of the House of Usher"

"William Wilson"

Raymond Carver Reviews:

"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"

"The Gazebo"

Nathaniel Hawthorne Reviews:

"The Birthmark"

"Young Goodman Brown"

"The Minister's Black Veil"

"Rappaccini's Daughter"

Saki (H.H. Munro) Reviews:

"The Open Window"

"Mrs. Packletide's Tiger"


Willa Cather Reviews:

"The Garden Lodge"

"A Wagner Matinee"

"Paul's Case"

Bessie Head Reviews:

"Looking for a Rain God"

"The Collector of Treasures"

J.P. Sartre Reviews:

"The Wall"

Geoffrey Chaucer Reviews:

"Knight's Tale"

"Merchant's Tale"

"Miller's Tale"

"Pardoner's Tale"

"Prioress' Tale"

"Wife of Bath's Tale"

Ernest Hemingway Reviews:

"A Cat in the Rain"

"Hills Like White Elephants"

"A Clean Well-Lighted Place"

"The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"

"Soldier's Home"

James Thurber Reviews:

"The Catbird Seat"

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

"The Unicorn in the Garden"

John Cheever Reviews:

"The Country Husband"

"The Swimmer"

W.D. Howells Reviews:

"Christmas Every Day"


Leo Tolstoy Reviews:

"God Sees the Truth, but Waits"

"The Death of Ivan Ilyich"

Kate Chopin Stories:

"The Awakening"

"The Story of An Hour"

"A Respectable Woman"

"The Storm"

Henry James Reviews:

"Daisy Miller"

"The Real Thing"

"The Ghostly Rental"

"The Turn of the Screw"

John Updike Reviews:

"A & P"

"Wife Wooing"

Sandra Cisneros Reviews:

"Alicia Who Sees Mice"

"The House on Mango Street"

James Joyce Reviews:


"The Boarding House"

"The Dead"

Eudora Welty Reviews:

"Death of a Traveling Salesman"

"Why I Live at the P.O."

"A Worn Path"

Colette Reviews:

"The Hollow Nut"

"The Other Wife"

Franz Kafka Reviews:

"The Country Doctor"

"The Hunter Gracchus"

"The Metamorphosis"

Tobias Wolff Reviews:

"Hunters in the Snow"

Arthur Conan Doyle Reviews:

"The Adventure of the Copper Beeches"

"The Red-Headed League"

"The Mystery of the Speckled Band"