“But what is a novella anyway? Page count provides the only broadly responsible definition: roughly 60 to 120 pages of prose fiction, or as Melville House succinctly puts it: “Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story….” More often than not, though, the novella can be called something else too: fiction’s most open-ended and compellingly discursive form. As in a short story, plot isn’t paramount, but, without the story’s demanding confines, there’s room to wander. That means novellas are often structurally syncopated (think of the masterly changes of tempo in Joyce’s The Dead), and their effect tends to be not instantaneous but cumulative…”

-Taylor Antrim in In Praise of Short from The Daily Beast


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