New fiction! Six short stories, exploring themes of danger, courage, and triumph: Small Heroes.
In her first short story collection, McSweeney’s columnist Susan Schorn presents six tiny epics, each featuring an unlikely, everyday hero. The protagonists—among them an ambitious Cadillac salesman, a despondent Japanese retiree, and a nurse in a children’s hospital—face challenges from the heart-stopping to the absurd, providing glimpses of courage, initiative, and sacrifice on a distinctly human scale. In Small Heroes, Schorn reminds us that true heroism isn’t confined to fantastic worlds and high romance; it can flourish on more familiar ground as well.