I have read two short novels, or novellas, by famous authors from different eras, both in preparation for the film adaptations of each. They are: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
The Benjamin Button novella by renowned Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in 1922. Fitzgerald had the original idea of aging a man backward: he is born old, then becomes younger, and finishes his life in infancy.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman is a YA short story, originally written for his daughter. Coraline is a young girl who discovers an alternate universe replicating her neighborhood, family, and all of her neighbors. Yet, everyone has buttons for eyes. Her strange, button-eyed impostor family has imprisoned her real family, and Coraline must figure out how to rescue her loved ones and escape.