Well, this short-book thing is working out really well! Last week I read two books and started two more. I finished Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Klies, and The Murderess by Alexandros Papadiamantis. The Murderess was a weird book. I doubt I'm going to write a full review because I don't quite know what to say. Set in rural Greece in the early 20th century, it's about an elderly women who decides that a girl's lot in life is so bad and hopeless, and girls such a burden to their families, that she goes about drowning children, until one day fate catches up with her. It's really a downer.
On to even darker things, I started Never Mind, by Edward St. Aubyn, first in the Patrick Melrose series. It clocks in around 132 pages and qualifies for my short-book challenge even though it's part of a compendium including the first four books of the series. It's pretty bleak too, although St. Aubyn's delicious writing more than makes up for the horrors contained within the book. If it's important to you to like the characters you read about, these books are not for you. If you enjoy beautiful, stylized prose and can overlook some of the meanest people in print, I encourage you to check it out.