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In this novella, widely considered one of the finest works of American literature, a lawyer hires the incurably forlorn Bartleby as a clerk in his small firm. Silent and enigmatic, Bartleby performs well at first. One day, however, when requested by his employer to assist with some routine proofreading, he ...
Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street
In this novella, widely considered one of the finest works of American literature, a lawyer hires the incurably forlorn Bartleby as a clerk in his small firm. Silent and enigmatic, Bartleby performs well at first. One day, however, when requested by his employer to assist with some routine proofreading, he declines, using his famous phrase. Perplexed and oddly intrigued, the lawyer--who narrates the story--attempts to get to the bottom of Bartleby's refusals as the clerk more and more often states his preference not to, ultimately doing little work and much staring out the window. While the other clerks are contemptuous, the lawyer cannot bring himself to fire this strange, listless man, or to abandon his efforts to reason with him--even when he discovers that Bartleby has begun to live at the office ... In the 160 years or so since this story first appeared, attempts to decode its meanings have never ceased; Bartleby, and the events that follow from his blank descent into pure torpor, defy precise interpretation. Yet the experience of reading and rereading the tale is as unforgettable as the narrator's own impression of this quintessentially modern character.
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Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

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Available again, an acclaimed collection from an American master that USA Today called Powerful . . . lyrical, vivid, engaging. Originally published twenty-five years ago, Platte River is one of the early collections that established Rick Bass's reputation as a master of the short form and one of the best ...
Platte River: Three Novellas
Available again, an acclaimed collection from an American master that USA Today called Powerful . . . lyrical, vivid, engaging. Originally published twenty-five years ago, Platte River is one of the early collections that established Rick Bass's reputation as a master of the short form and one of the best writers of his generation. It contains three novellas of contemporary America, each informed by the mysteries of nature and the heart. Set along borders, both physical and immaterial, all of the novellas combine a spare but radiant naturalism with an outsize aspiration to folklore or myth. In the title story, a former pro linebacker living a simple, isolated life in the Canadian woods just across the border from Montana struggles with his artist girlfriend's desire to escape. Invited by his best friend from their college football days to give a talk at the school where the friend now teaches, he flies to northern Michigan. In the class the next morning, after a night fishing party on the Platte River, what he learns brings acceptance, and a kind of salvation. In Mahatma Joe, a despairing evangelist living in a valley that was once so wild the people would go naked when the Chinook winds blew, announcing winter's end, throws his fervor into planting a garden along the river, bringing purpose to the young woman who had camped there. Field Events, the most comic of the stories, begins when two athlete brothers spy an enormous, muscled man swimming in the river, hauling a canoe loaded with cast iron. Their plan to train him in the discus meets with complications, when the giant and their older sister find in each other the missing part that neither could articulate.
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16.790000 USD

Platte River: Three Novellas

by Rick Bass
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In her compact gem of a collection (Globe & Mail), Carrianne Leung enlivens a singular group of characters sharing a shiny new subdivision in 1970s Toronto. Marilyn greets new neighbors with fresh-baked cookies before she starts stealing from them. Stay-at-home-wife Francesca believes passion is just one yard away, only in ...
That Time I Loved You: Stories
In her compact gem of a collection (Globe & Mail), Carrianne Leung enlivens a singular group of characters sharing a shiny new subdivision in 1970s Toronto. Marilyn greets new neighbors with fresh-baked cookies before she starts stealing from them. Stay-at-home-wife Francesca believes passion is just one yard away, only in the arms of another man. And Darren doesn't understand why his mother insists he keep his head down, even though he gets good grades like his white friends. When a series of inexplicable suicides begin to haunt their community, no one is more fascinated by the terrible phenomenon than young June. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she sits hawk-eyed at the center, bearing witness to the truth behind pulled curtains: the affairs, the racism, the hidden abuses. Leung bursts onto the American literary stage with prose remarkably attuned to the tenuous, and perhaps deceptive, idea of happiness among these picket-fenced lives.
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26.200000 USD

That Time I Loved You: Stories

by Carrianne Leung
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From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others - the basis for the Academy Award nominated film Arrival - comes a groundbreaking second collection of short fiction: nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories. In `The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate', a portal through time forces a ...
Exhalation
From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others - the basis for the Academy Award nominated film Arrival - comes a groundbreaking second collection of short fiction: nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories. In `The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate', a portal through time forces a fabric-seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances. In the epistolary `Exhalation', an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality. And in `The Lifecycle of Software Objects', a woman cares for an artificial intelligence over twenty years, elevating a faddish digital pet into what might be a true living being. Also included are two previously unpublished stories: `Omphalos' and `Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom'. In Exhalation, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth - What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human? - and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion.
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22.05 USD

Exhalation

by Ted Chiang
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Richard Wiley is one of our best writers. These stories satisfy in the way that brilliant short fiction always satisfies; one feels as if one has absorbed the expansive vision and drama of a novel. Read slowly, and I bet you'll want to read again. --Richard Bausch, author of Peace ...
Tacoma Stories
Richard Wiley is one of our best writers. These stories satisfy in the way that brilliant short fiction always satisfies; one feels as if one has absorbed the expansive vision and drama of a novel. Read slowly, and I bet you'll want to read again. --Richard Bausch, author of Peace and Living in the Weather of the World It's a strange and winsome feeling I have, reading Tacoma Stories, the blue sensation that Richard Wiley has made me homesick for a place I've never been, mourning the loss of friends I never had, in a life where each and every one of us is loved, however imperfectly. Think Sherwood Anderson inhabiting Raymond Carver's Northwest and you'll have a clear picture of Wiley's accomplishment. --Bob Shacochis, author of Easy in the Islands and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul On St. Patrick's Day in 1968, sixteen people sit in Pat's Tavern, drink green beer, flirt, rib each other, and eventually go home in (mostly) different directions. In the stories that follow, which span 1958 to the present, Richard Wiley pops back into the lives of this colorful cast of characters--sometimes into their pasts, sometimes into their futures--and explores the ways in which their individual narratives indelibly weave together. At the heart of it all lies Tacoma, Washington, a town full of eccentricities and citizens as unique as they are universal. The Tacoma of Tacoma Stories might be harboring paranoid former CIA operatives and wax replicas of dead husbands, but it is also a place with all the joys and pains one could find in any town, anytime and anywhere. Richard Wiley is the author of eight novels including Bob Stevenson; Soldiers in Hiding, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Washington State Book Award; and Ahmed's Revenge, winner of the Maria Thomas Fiction Award. Professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he divides his time between Los Angeles, California, and Tacoma, Washington.
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17.840000 USD

Tacoma Stories

by Richard Wiley
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Have you ever imagined a different life? Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar? A story for every woman. A story for every moment. Whether you want to laugh To be moved To love To feel less guilt ...
Roar: A story for every woman
Have you ever imagined a different life? Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar? A story for every woman. A story for every moment. Whether you want to laugh To be moved To love To feel less guilt To cry To be comforted To ROAR There is a story for you. From Sunday Times bestselling author Cecelia Ahern comes a collection of witty, original and moving stories for women everywhere. `Funny, wise and weighty, in a very good way...read one or two of Ahern's fables at a time [to] truly appreciate their wit, pathos and imagination.' Independent `Witty, playful, entertaining but also thought-provoking, salutary and empowering' Daily Mail A Radio 2 Bookclub Choice.
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11.02 USD

Roar: A story for every woman

by Cecelia Ahern
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This collection of new translations brings together the small proportion of Kafka's works that he himself thought worthy of publication. It includes Metamorphosis, his most famous work, an exploration of horrific transformation and alienation; Meditation, a collection of his earlier studies; The Judgement, written in a single night of frenzied ...
Metamorphosis and Other Stories
This collection of new translations brings together the small proportion of Kafka's works that he himself thought worthy of publication. It includes Metamorphosis, his most famous work, an exploration of horrific transformation and alienation; Meditation, a collection of his earlier studies; The Judgement, written in a single night of frenzied creativity; The Stoker, the first chapter of a novel set in America and a fascinating occasional piece, and The Aeroplanes at Brescia, Kafka's eyewitness account of an air display in 1909. Together, these stories reveal the breadth of Kafka's literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought.
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15.34 USD

Metamorphosis and Other Stories

by Franz Kafka
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L. Frank Baum's work is universally celebrated and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is known worldwide, in particular for its 1939 musical film adaptation starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. Published in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz depicted the young farm girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto, who are ...
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum's work is universally celebrated and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is known worldwide, in particular for its 1939 musical film adaptation starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. Published in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz depicted the young farm girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto, who are swept away to the Land of Oz in a cyclone. Baum was inspired by the works of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, focusing on manipulating the fairy tale tradition with an American feel in the Oz series. This edition collects together the best of L. Frank Baum's Oz works, taking material from the very first 1900 publication of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and subsequent novels including Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz and The Lost Princess of Oz.
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34.12 USD

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L Frank Baum
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A major anthology of great Japanese short stories introduced by Haruki Murakami This is a celebration of the Japanese short story from its modern origins in the nineteenth century to remarkable contemporary works. It includes the most well-known Japanese writers - Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima, Kawabata - but also many surprising ...
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories
A major anthology of great Japanese short stories introduced by Haruki Murakami This is a celebration of the Japanese short story from its modern origins in the nineteenth century to remarkable contemporary works. It includes the most well-known Japanese writers - Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima, Kawabata - but also many surprising new pieces, from Yuko Tsushima's 'Flames' to Banana Yoshimoto's 'Bee Honey'. Ranging over myth, horror, love, nature, modern life, a diabolical painting, a cow with a human face and a woman who turns into sugar, The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is filled with fear, charm, beauty and comedy. Edited by Jay Rubin with an introduction by Haruki Murakami
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18.75 USD

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

by Jay Rubin
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WINNER OF THE 2015 WORLD FANTASY AWARD! WINNER OF THE 2014 SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARD! SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2014 BRAM STOKER AWARD! SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 BRITISH FANTASY AWARD! LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 EDGE HILL SHORT STORY PRIZE! Ghost thumbs. Microscopic dogs. One very sad can of tomato soup . . ...
Gifts for the One Who Comes After
WINNER OF THE 2015 WORLD FANTASY AWARD! WINNER OF THE 2014 SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARD! SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2014 BRAM STOKER AWARD! SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 BRITISH FANTASY AWARD! LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 EDGE HILL SHORT STORY PRIZE! Ghost thumbs. Microscopic dogs. One very sad can of tomato soup . . . Helen Marshall's second collection offers a series of twisted surrealities that explore the legacies we pass on to our children. A son seeks to reconnect with his father through a telescope that sees into the past. A young girl discovers what lies on the other side of her mother's bellybutton. Death's wife prepares for a very special funeral. In Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Marshall delivers eighteen tales of love and loss that cement her as a powerful voice in dark fantasy and the New Weird. Dazzling, disturbing, and deeply moving. Praise for Gifts for the One Who Comes After Helen Marshall whispers in your ear when she fits the noose around your neck, filling you with wonder and dread, urging you into a startling, beautiful darkness. These stories--which sometimes feel more like spells--are the very best kind of unsettling. --Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, The Wilding, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk Helen Marshall is a writer who creates real people in real situations, then uses the fantastic to pry her way inside her readers' ribcages and break us wide open. --Neil Gaiman, international bestselling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane
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36.740000 USD

Gifts for the One Who Comes After

by Helen Marshall
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A light-hearted look at a serious subject. Enjoy these little stories over a glass of wine by the fire with your feet up! Sometimes the only thing to do is to approach life with a bit of wry humour!
Little Tales of Adultery
A light-hearted look at a serious subject. Enjoy these little stories over a glass of wine by the fire with your feet up! Sometimes the only thing to do is to approach life with a bit of wry humour!
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9.920000 USD

Little Tales of Adultery

by J.C. Milne
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We each inhabit many worlds, often at the same time. From worlds on the inside, to the world on a cosmic scale. Worlds imposed on us, and worlds of our own making. In time, though, all worlds will end. Bear witness: After the death of their grandmother, two cousins return ...
Skidding Into Oblivion
We each inhabit many worlds, often at the same time. From worlds on the inside, to the world on a cosmic scale. Worlds imposed on us, and worlds of our own making. In time, though, all worlds will end. Bear witness: After the death of their grandmother, two cousins return to their family's rural homestead to find a community rotting from the soul outward, and a secret nobody dreamed their matriarch had been keeping. The survivors of the 1929 raid on H.P. Lovecraft's town of Innsmouth hold the key to an anomalous new event in the ocean, if only someone could communicate with them. The ultimate snow day turns into the ultimate nightmare when it just doesn't stop. An extreme metal musician compels his harshest critic to live up to the hyperbole of his trolling. With the last of a generation of grotesquely selfish city fathers on his deathbed, the residents of the town they doomed exercise their right to self-determination one last time. As history repeats itself and the world shivers through a volcanic winter, a group gathers around the shore of a mountain lake to once again invoke the magic that created the world's most famous monster. With Skidding Into Oblivion, his fifth collection, award-winning author Brian Hodge brings together his most concentrated assortment yet of year's best picks and awards finalists, with one thing in common: It's the end of the world as we know it . . . and we don't feel fine at all.
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36.740000 USD

Skidding Into Oblivion

by Brian Hodge
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Not From Above! is the debut collection of stories from musician Alexander Mayor (who releases music under the name Alexander's Festival Hall). It's a series of what-ifs, how-abouts and darkly comic thought experiments, populated by central Asian dictators with overreaching literary ambitions, anxious young spies pursued on canals, passive aggressive ...
Not From Above!
Not From Above! is the debut collection of stories from musician Alexander Mayor (who releases music under the name Alexander's Festival Hall). It's a series of what-ifs, how-abouts and darkly comic thought experiments, populated by central Asian dictators with overreaching literary ambitions, anxious young spies pursued on canals, passive aggressive board games, and starship captains who really need to learn to prioritise. These are tales of decisive moments for indecisive people. Dating becomes rather more dangerous and `promenade theatre' a little too immersive. Adventures are undertaken largely by mistake, in stories that catalogue the increasingly esoteric ways Londoners try to keep themselves amused. And of course, there's that moment when a breakdown on a country road might just be the start of something promising... * Not From Above! is also an album of twelve upbeat, lush and romantic pop songs from Alexander's Festival Hall - see inside the book for download details. www.alexandersfestivalhall.org
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17.05 USD

Not From Above!

by Alexander Mayor
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The Cross Country Runner brings together Andre Dubus's fifth collection of short stories and novellas, The Last Worthless Evening, and Voices from the Moon his longest, most masterful novella with previously uncollected stories, and a new introduction by PEN Faulkner Award-winning author Tobias Wolff.
The Cross Country Runner: Collected Short Stories and Novellas Volume 3
The Cross Country Runner brings together Andre Dubus's fifth collection of short stories and novellas, The Last Worthless Evening, and Voices from the Moon his longest, most masterful novella with previously uncollected stories, and a new introduction by PEN Faulkner Award-winning author Tobias Wolff.
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19.900000 USD

The Cross Country Runner: Collected Short Stories and Novellas Volume 3

by Andre Dubus
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Robert Coover has been playing by his own rules for more than half a century, earning the 1987 Rea Award for the Short Story as a writer who has managed, willfully and even perversely, to remain his own man while offering his generous vision and versions of America. Here, in ...
Going For a Beer: Selected Short Fictions
Robert Coover has been playing by his own rules for more than half a century, earning the 1987 Rea Award for the Short Story as a writer who has managed, willfully and even perversely, to remain his own man while offering his generous vision and versions of America. Here, in this selection of his best stories, you will find an invisible man tragically obsessed by an invisible woman; a cartoon man in a cartoon car who runs over a real man who is arrested by a real policeman with cartoon eyes; a stick man who reinvents the universe. While invading the dreams and nightmares of others, Coover cuts to the core of how realism works.
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19.900000 USD

Going For a Beer: Selected Short Fictions

by Robert Coover
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THE DEBUT COLLECTION FROM THE WHITE REVIEW SHORT STORY PRIZE WINNER 'A masterclass in the short story - bold, irreverent and agonisingly funny' SALLY ROONEY 'Heralds a rising star' IRISH TIMES `Demands repeated reading' JON McGREGOR 'Announces the arrival of a brilliant talent' FINANCIAL TIMES An urgent and unforgettable collection ...
Show Them a Good Time
THE DEBUT COLLECTION FROM THE WHITE REVIEW SHORT STORY PRIZE WINNER 'A masterclass in the short story - bold, irreverent and agonisingly funny' SALLY ROONEY 'Heralds a rising star' IRISH TIMES `Demands repeated reading' JON McGREGOR 'Announces the arrival of a brilliant talent' FINANCIAL TIMES An urgent and unforgettable collection of stories, Show Them a Good Time explores types - men and women, their assigned roles and meanings - in modern society. A young, broke Irish woman narrates her relationship with a successful comedian in New York; two hapless university students take to the stage in a bid to assert their autonomy; a school teacher makes her way through a series of dead-end dates, gamely searching for love or distraction as the world teeters towards ruin. The characters in these magnificently accomplished stories are haunted as much by the future as they are by their pasts. Exuberant, irreverent and loaded with dark humour, Show Them a Good Time marks the arrival of a strikingly original new Irish voice in fiction.
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25.58 USD

Show Them a Good Time

by Nicole Flattery
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Her story was this: she had been an orphan, her mother probably a whore. Brought up by nuns, she had lost her faith, found another, fought for it and been imprisoned. This was inexact but serviceable. On the twelfth day of her hunger strike, Maggy is unable to tell the ...
Daughters of Passion: Faber Stories
Her story was this: she had been an orphan, her mother probably a whore. Brought up by nuns, she had lost her faith, found another, fought for it and been imprisoned. This was inexact but serviceable. On the twelfth day of her hunger strike, Maggy is unable to tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. That's true of what brought her here too: was she IRA, or did she just take risks for the sake of a friend? Julia O'Faolain paints a portrait of young Irish girls and their unseverable connection, showing solidarity in places politics cannot reach.
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5.97 USD

Daughters of Passion: Faber Stories

by Julia O'Faolain
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A dazzling, smart and razor-sharp story collection by Curtis Sittenfeld, Sunday Times bestselling author of Eligible and American Wife. The theme that unites these stories is how even the cleverest people tend to misread others, and how much we all deceive ourselves. Sharp and tender, funny and wise, they show ...
You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories
A dazzling, smart and razor-sharp story collection by Curtis Sittenfeld, Sunday Times bestselling author of Eligible and American Wife. The theme that unites these stories is how even the cleverest people tend to misread others, and how much we all deceive ourselves. Sharp and tender, funny and wise, they show Sittenfeld's knack for creating real, believable characters that spring off the page, while also skewering contemporary mores with brilliant dry wit. 'DO-OVER', ONE OF THE STORIES IN THIS COLLECTION, WAS SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD.
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14.18 USD

You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories

by Curtis Sittenfeld
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In these eight darkly comic stories, Tom Howard explores the instincts for violence and tenderness that mark his character's lives. A brother and sister wander the pier after a deadly plague destroys most of humanity. A high school bully struggles to overcome his demons. A man in the grips of ...
Fierce Pretty Things: Stories
In these eight darkly comic stories, Tom Howard explores the instincts for violence and tenderness that mark his character's lives. A brother and sister wander the pier after a deadly plague destroys most of humanity. A high school bully struggles to overcome his demons. A man in the grips of dementia is visited by his children's ghosts. The people in these blistering tales grapple with past mistakes, trying to navigate their way toward redemption and resurrection and failing often-but always with a ferocious heart. Their unforgettable voices guide us through schoolyards, cemeteries, drive-in theaters, and the rich landscapes of their own imaginations. Equal parts funny, tragic, and wise, Fierce Pretty Things is a striking debut that teaches us how to live in a world as cruel as it is beautiful.
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12.600000 USD

Fierce Pretty Things: Stories

by Tom Howard
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The future is ours and it's up for grabs... Immerse yourself in the future of biohacking and implants, genetic modification, blockchain micro-transactions and futuristic dating-apps with author of Eating Robots, Stephen Oram. Prodding and poking the possible in volume 2 of Nudge the Future, Oram starts with another flash fiction ...
Biohacked & Begging: And Other Stories
The future is ours and it's up for grabs... Immerse yourself in the future of biohacking and implants, genetic modification, blockchain micro-transactions and futuristic dating-apps with author of Eating Robots, Stephen Oram. Prodding and poking the possible in volume 2 of Nudge the Future, Oram starts with another flash fiction foray into the world of Unified Sentience and ends with virtual reality for babies and biohacked fish. With sharpness and wit, these sci-fi shorts will grab your imagination and refuse to let go.
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11.540000 USD

Biohacked & Begging: And Other Stories

by Stephen Oram
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The legendary CIA spy is back-in a superb collection featuring an all-new novella, by the New York Times-bestselling author of Six Days of the Condor (Publishers Weekly, starred review). James Grady, king of the modern espionage thriller (George Pelecanos, award-winning writer/producer of The Wire), first introduced his clandestine CIA operative-codename: ...
Condor: The Short Takes
The legendary CIA spy is back-in a superb collection featuring an all-new novella, by the New York Times-bestselling author of Six Days of the Condor (Publishers Weekly, starred review). James Grady, king of the modern espionage thriller (George Pelecanos, award-winning writer/producer of The Wire), first introduced his clandestine CIA operative-codename: Condor-in a debut novel that became Three Days of the Condor, one of the key films of the paranoid era of the 1970s, and is now the basis for the hit AT&T original series, Condor, starring Max Irons and William Hurt. In this explosive collection featuring a new introduction on the writing and publication history of Condor, a never-before-published original novella, and short fiction collected for the first time, Grady brings his covert agent into the twenty-first century. From the chaos of 9/11 to the unprecedented Russian cyber threats, Condor is back. In condor.net, the intelligence analyst chases an unfathomable conspiracy that begins in Afghanistan and leads to the secrets of his own superiors. In Caged Daze of the Condor, Jasmine Daze of the Condor, and Next Day of the Condor, the paranoia of National Security's sworn soldier reaches a screaming pitch when he's locked behind the walls of the CIA's private insane asylum. Classified documents in the basement of the Library of Congress draw Condor into a murderous subterranean world where no one can be trusted in Condor in the Stacks. And in Russian Roulette of the Condor, the striking new novella shot through with the biggest spy scandal since the Cold War, the underground patriot faces a dictator determined to turn American politics into an insidious spy game. Brace yourself for six shots of the iconic Condor from James Grady, who has been called a master of intrigue by John Grisham, and whose prose was compared to George Orwell and Bob Dylan by the Washington Post.
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18.890000 USD

Condor: The Short Takes

by James Grady
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In Notes on the Untimely Death of Ronia Drake, a witch is haunted by the deadly repercussions of a spell. The Insect and the Astronomer upends expectations about good and bad, knowledge and ignorance, love and longing. The World Fantasy Award-winning novella The Unlicensed Magician introduces the secret magical life ...
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories
In Notes on the Untimely Death of Ronia Drake, a witch is haunted by the deadly repercussions of a spell. The Insect and the Astronomer upends expectations about good and bad, knowledge and ignorance, love and longing. The World Fantasy Award-winning novella The Unlicensed Magician introduces the secret magical life of an invisible girl once left for dead - with thematic echoes of Barnhill's Newbery Medal-winning novel, The Girl Who Drank the Moon. With bold, reality-bending invention underscored by richly illuminated universal themes of love, death, jealousy, and hope, the stories in Dreadful Young Ladies show why its author has been hailed as a fantasist on the order of Neil Gaiman (Minneapolis Star Tribune). This collection cements Barnhill's place as one of the wittiest, most vital and compelling voices in contemporary literature.
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20.46 USD

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories

by Kelly Barnhill
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The matriarch dominates these award-winning stories in Lisa Blower's debut collection. From the wise, witty and outspoken Nan of 'Broken Crockery', who has lived and worked in Stoke on Trent for all of her 92 years, never owning a passport, to happy hooker Ruthie in 'The Land of Make Believe'; ...
It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's
The matriarch dominates these award-winning stories in Lisa Blower's debut collection. From the wise, witty and outspoken Nan of 'Broken Crockery', who has lived and worked in Stoke on Trent for all of her 92 years, never owning a passport, to happy hooker Ruthie in 'The Land of Make Believe'; to sleep deprived Laura in 'The Trees in the Wood'; to young mum Roxanne in 'The Cherry Tree'; she appears in many shapes and forms, and always with a stoicism that is hard to break down. With a sharp eye and tough warmth, Lisa Blower brings to life the silent histories and harsh realities of those living on the margins. 'Love, Alvin & Ramona' is an alternative look at the effects of the smoking ban on a life once defined by the celebratory pint and fag at the end of the working week. We see Di's nifty fists in 'Chuck and Di'; Alma Bunny's deep rooted fear of retirement and change in 'Dirty Laundry'; Arnold Bunter's repressed sexuality in 'Smear Campaign'; Lo and her family's emotional inadequacies in 'Hoops'; and the thwarted hero worship of 'Johnny Dangerously'. 'It's gone dark over Bill's mother's' is a Shropshire saying that means it's looking a bit bleak, a little like rain. With origins as a footless and random as the barflies trying to find their meanings in 'Happenstance', it is an expression that sums up this fabulous collection.
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15.34 USD

It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's

by Lisa Blower
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Sisterhood is forever...whether you like it or not. Prep meets Girls in White Dresses in Genevieve Sly Crane's deliciously addictive, voyeuristic exploration of female friendship and coming of age that will appeal to anyone who has ever been curious about what happens in a sorority house. Twinsets and pearls, secrets ...
Sorority
Sisterhood is forever...whether you like it or not. Prep meets Girls in White Dresses in Genevieve Sly Crane's deliciously addictive, voyeuristic exploration of female friendship and coming of age that will appeal to anyone who has ever been curious about what happens in a sorority house. Twinsets and pearls, secrets and kinship, rituals that hold sisters together in a sacred bond of everlasting trust. Certain chaste images spring to mind when one thinks of sororities. But make no mistake: these women are not braiding each other's hair and having pillow fights--not by a long shot. What Genevieve Sly Crane has conjured in these pages is a blunt, in-your-face look behind the closed doors of a house full of contemporary women--and there are no holds barred. These women have issues: self-inflicted, family inflicted, sister-to-sister inflicted--and it is all on the page. At the center of this swirl is Margot: the sister who died in the house, and each chapter is told from the points of view of the women who orbit her death and have their own reactions to it. With a keen sense of character and elegant, observant prose, Crane details the undercurrents of tension in a world where perfection comes at a cost and the best things in life are painful--if not impossible--to acquire: Beauty. A mother's love. And friendship...or at least the appearance of it. Woven throughout are glimmers of the classical myths that undercut the lives of women in Greek life. After all, the Greek goddesses did cause their fair share of destruction....
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16.800000 USD

Sorority

by Genevieve Sly Crane
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From the author of Filaria, The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter, and Head Full of Mountains comes Brent Hayward's debut short story collection, featuring ten stories spanning his career, plus two new, previously unpublished pieces, the novelette Lake of Dreams and the titular novella. In Broken Sun, Broken Moon, the storm has ...
Broken Sun, Broken Moon
From the author of Filaria, The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter, and Head Full of Mountains comes Brent Hayward's debut short story collection, featuring ten stories spanning his career, plus two new, previously unpublished pieces, the novelette Lake of Dreams and the titular novella. In Broken Sun, Broken Moon, the storm has passed but gravity is weak again. The scribe isn't feeling well. Houses in palmetto break apart and float away. Mechanisms behind the sun and the moon are breaking down. And now government men sail into town, from the capital, bringing with them a newborn perfect--the first in years. They're looking for the scribe, and they're not very happy. In Lake of Dreams, George Triplehorn was passed over by rapture when it swept the planet. Dead people either stayed that way or got fed up with conditions and moved to the moon. Like the others left behind, George tried to muddle by, making a living with his new skills as an entertainer, but things just weren't the same. When Myron, his agent, doctor, and sometimes shrink, lands him a gig in Lake of Dreams, the largest lunar necropolis, George figures it might just be the ticket to boost a flagging career and maybe even get his life back on track. But he's never been to the moon before, his so-called skills are acting up, and he soon discovers that the dead are not his greatest fans. This collection, like Brent Hayward's other works, breaks the boundaries of literary science fiction.
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35.690000 USD

Broken Sun, Broken Moon

by Brent Hayward
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A new collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, including the 2017 Pushcart Prize-winning Undocumented Alien The diverse stories of Beautiful Days, Joyce Carol Oates explore the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of ...
Beautiful Days: Stories
A new collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, including the 2017 Pushcart Prize-winning Undocumented Alien The diverse stories of Beautiful Days, Joyce Carol Oates explore the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance. Fleuve Bleu exemplifies the rich sensuousness of Oates's prose as lovers married to other persons vow to establish, in their intimacy, a ruthlessly honest, truth-telling authenticity missing elsewhere in their complicated lives, with unexpected results. In Big Burnt, set on lushly rendered Lake George, in the Adirondacks, a cunningly manipulative university professor exploits a too-trusting woman in a way she could never have anticipated. In a more experimental but no less intimate mode, Les beaux jours examines the ambiguities of an intensely erotic, exploitative relationship between a master artist and his adoring young female model. And the tragic Undocumented Alien depicts a young African student enrolled in an American university who is suddenly stripped of his student visa and forced to undergo a terrifying test of courage. In these stories, as elsewhere in her fiction, Joyce Carol Oates exhibits her fascination with the social, psychological, and moral boundaries that govern our behavior-until the hour when they do not.
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15.34 USD

Beautiful Days: Stories

by Joyce Carol Oates
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Brian Aldiss, who died in 2017, was best known for his science fiction - and in particular for a short story optioned by Stanley Kubrick, which would, under the direction of Steven Spielberg, become the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Aldiss's first book was published by Faber in 1955. This brief, ...
Three Types of Solitude: Faber Stories
Brian Aldiss, who died in 2017, was best known for his science fiction - and in particular for a short story optioned by Stanley Kubrick, which would, under the direction of Steven Spielberg, become the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Aldiss's first book was published by Faber in 1955. This brief, late trilogy contains much of his lively humour, one improbable invention, and a pervasive sense of loneliness and longing. 'Sadness is just happiness in reverse,' says someone in a story within the story, 'We humans have to put up with it.'
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5.97 USD

Three Types of Solitude: Faber Stories

by Brian Aldiss
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The story of an arrogant, willful man whose life changes in ways he never anticipated when he makes an impulsive decision to try out a motorcycle and crashes it on his trail ride. Lawrence Tyrone, a professor of law with a drinking problem, is still obsessed with his ex-wife. When ...
The Unexpected Journeys of Lawrence Tyrone: A Novel
The story of an arrogant, willful man whose life changes in ways he never anticipated when he makes an impulsive decision to try out a motorcycle and crashes it on his trail ride. Lawrence Tyrone, a professor of law with a drinking problem, is still obsessed with his ex-wife. When he finds out his brother is about to marry her, he wants to ruin the wedding but is given the wrong venue by his ex-wife's vindictive relative. As a result of getting totally smashed both before, during and after going to the wrong wedding, he shows up drunk and disorderly for his Monday morning class on tort law. Already on probation for past misbehaviors, he is dismissed from the law faculty and takes off to a country farm he bought on impulse years ago. Once there, he continues drinking until a pivotal incident makes him stop cold turkey. Tyrone may be an arrogant, entitled man, but he is not a fool. Too proud to ask for help, he summons up the willpower to dry himself out. Sober and restless, Tyrone sees a aHarley for Sale' ad on the bulletin board of his local supermarket and impulsively answers it. His past reckless behavior surfaces and he crashes the bike. Not wanting to be reminded of his foolishness, he stores it in his barn covered with an old tarpaulin. Until the day he capitulates and advertises for riding AND Spanish lessons, with the grandiose plan that he will ride down to Mexico, a new and different man living a different life. Juan Carlos and Henryk show up, ready to help him. After his first Spanish lesson, Tyrone lends his car to the Spanish teacher, Juan Carlos, who turns out to be a gambling addict. As his riding lessons progress with Henryk, Tyrone feels confident enough to ride on his own and meets up with a sleepless cop on a mission. The officer is obsessed with a court case where the defendant was a man accused of killing his own son. Although the court found the man to be innocent, the officer is convinced the man is guilty and is determined to prove it. When the officer dies of a heart attack, Tyrone is left to deal with the widow who has a hyperactive son, but Tyrone manages to extricate himself from further responsibility. What he wants above all, he insists, is to get his car back. Even though Henryk tells him it's a lost cause, Tyrone is adamant. His new mission is to drive to his brother's house, confront his ex-wife and reclaim his young son. In what he thinks of as athe great car chase,' he pressures Henryk, an Eastern European motorcycle enthusiast, to join him in tracking down Juan Carlos who has disappeared with the car. They are unsuccessful at the first casino they check out but Tyrone happens to catch a young teenage female trying to sneak into the casino with a fake I.D. while leaving her young child in her car. As it turns out, she is the daughter of a former law student of Tyrone's. Her life at home is not what she signed up for after she gave birth to her baby so she is rebelling. Henryk and Tyrone narrow down the search for Juan Carlos by meeting up with the gambler's sister who is blind. Henryk has been in love with her, but his hands are tied. He has a wife and two daughters back in Europe. Meanwhile, in trying to figure out how to track down Juan Carlos, Tyrone has a brilliant idea. His country neighbors have a dog kennel on their property. Although he has had a previous altercation with the farmer's wife, he screws up his courage to ask her to borrow a dog. Together with the obstinate and wily dog, named Sheba, Tyrone and Henryk find Juan Carlos beaten to a pulp in the woods near the casino they have tracked him to. Enter a young medical resident who Henryk has persuaded to tend to the gambler's wounds at a nearby motel. The entourage, including the resident, the gambler's blind sister, the dog, Henryk, the teenage girl and the dog kennel lady, eventually all show up in Tyrone's country place where the wounded man is taken to recover. At the farmhouse, forced to deal with each other, everything starts to change for this odd assortment of determined and willful characters, as if Tyrone were an invisible conductor directing the interactions. While he himself is pushed into solving the puzzle of why a man who was twice found innocent of killing his own son by the courts was thought to be guilty by the officer who gave sworn testimony against him. In so doing, Tyrone manages to finally start saving himself.
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18.850000 USD

The Unexpected Journeys of Lawrence Tyrone: A Novel

by A. K. Blackman
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Bracken MacLeod writes dark, human stories of horror and modern noir. Absolutely one of the brightest stars of the next generation! --Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind and Ararat From the author of Mountain Home and Stranded, comes Bracken MacLeod's first collection of short stories. These stories ...
13 Views of the Suicide Woods
Bracken MacLeod writes dark, human stories of horror and modern noir. Absolutely one of the brightest stars of the next generation! --Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind and Ararat From the author of Mountain Home and Stranded, comes Bracken MacLeod's first collection of short stories. These stories inhabit the dark places where pain and resignation intersect, and the fear of a quiet moment alone is as terrifying as the unseen thing watching from behind the treeline. In the titular story, a young woman waits for her father to come home from the place where no one goes intending to return. A single word is the push that may break a man and save a life. The members of a winemaking community celebrate the old time religion found flowing in the blood of the vine. A desperate man seeking a miracle cure gets more than a peek behind the curtain of Dr. Morningstar's Psychic Surgery. A child who dreams of escaping on leather wings finds rescue in dark water instead. Looking back over a life, a homeless veteran must decide to live in the present if he wants to save his future. In a Halloween Hell house, a youth pastor must face the judgment of a man committed to doing the Lord's work. Fiery death heralds the beginning of a new life. A man who has been carrying pain with him his entire life gives up his last piece of darkness. And a still day beneath the sun illuminates the quiet sorrow of the last feather to fall. Bracken MacLeod is the author of Mountain Home, White Knight, and, most recently, Stranded, which has been optioned by Warner Horizon Television. He lives in New England with his wife and son.
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36.740000 USD

13 Views of the Suicide Woods

by Bracken MacLeod
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Nights of the Creaking Bed is full of colourful characters involved in affecting dramas: a girl who is rejected in love because she has three brothers to look after; a middle aged housewife who finds love again but has an impossible decision to make; a young man who can't get ...
Nights of the Creaking Bed
Nights of the Creaking Bed is full of colourful characters involved in affecting dramas: a girl who is rejected in love because she has three brothers to look after; a middle aged housewife who finds love again but has an impossible decision to make; a young man who can't get the image of his naked, beautiful mother out of his mind; a child so poor he has to hawk onions on Christmas day - and many others. Some, initially full of hope, find their lives blighted by the cruelty of others, or by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or by just not knowing the right people. Corruption, religious intolerance, gratuitous violence, the irresponsible attitudes of some men to their offspring and the importance of joy are some of the big themes that underlie this memorable collection.
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17.05 USD

Nights of the Creaking Bed

by Toni Kan
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