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The Long and the Short of It is a collection of short stories that offer honest impressions of life, the difficulties and the tragedies of it. The book is at pains to describe the reality of living where human beings encounter huge, existential problems such as incarceration, persecution and even ...
The Long and Short of It: A Collection of Short Stories
The Long and the Short of It is a collection of short stories that offer honest impressions of life, the difficulties and the tragedies of it. The book is at pains to describe the reality of living where human beings encounter huge, existential problems such as incarceration, persecution and even apparent death in two of the stories. The other two tales account for difficulties that seemed insuperable at the time, but where these were nevertheless wonderfully overcome by a stroke of fortunate circumstance. The rest of the stories are short, poignant glimpses into life much as these are projected by Japanese Haiku. Readers who enjoyed the author's previous books, as well as candid and frank snapshots of life that suit a busy reader's schedule, will relish The Long and the Short of It.
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17.05 USD

The Long and Short of It: A Collection of Short Stories

by Cedric Paul Foster
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He met Liston's gaze but found it almost impossible to sustain eye contact. Soon it became an exercise in the control of fear. Sonny Liston gave Kid Dynamite the slightest hint of a smile and winked. In the build-up to a fight, Kid Dynamite's head swirls - with thoughts of ...
Sonny Liston was a Friend of Mine
He met Liston's gaze but found it almost impossible to sustain eye contact. Soon it became an exercise in the control of fear. Sonny Liston gave Kid Dynamite the slightest hint of a smile and winked. In the build-up to a fight, Kid Dynamite's head swirls - with thoughts of his estranged father, his difficult relationship with his stepfather, the time he met his hero, and the sense that his own life is reaching a moment of change. A masterclass in tone, atmosphere and control, 'Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine' pays testimony to Thom Jones's unique talent for the short-story form
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5.97 USD

Sonny Liston was a Friend of Mine

by Thom Jones
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A family sets out on a road trip in the American South. The grandmother suggests they change course in order to avoid The Misfit , an escaped convict who's reportedly heading towards Florida. But when their car turns over in a ditch, who should they flag down for help but ...
A Good Man is Hard to Find: Faber Stories
A family sets out on a road trip in the American South. The grandmother suggests they change course in order to avoid The Misfit , an escaped convict who's reportedly heading towards Florida. But when their car turns over in a ditch, who should they flag down for help but the very man whose picture they recognise from the paper . . . Flannery O'Connor's famous fifties story evokes heat and dust, family and feuding, God and grace - and is utterly uncompromising in its brutality.
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5.97 USD

A Good Man is Hard to Find: Faber Stories

by Flannery O'Connor
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One book. Five thrillers. No holds barred. including: DEAD MAN'S GIFT MP Tim Horton arrives home to find his seven-year-old son has been abducted - and the nanny brutally murdered. The kidnapping gang's demands are simple: Tim must sacrifice his own life to save his son's. A dead man's gift... ...
Dead Man's Gift and Other Stories
One book. Five thrillers. No holds barred. including: DEAD MAN'S GIFT MP Tim Horton arrives home to find his seven-year-old son has been abducted - and the nanny brutally murdered. The kidnapping gang's demands are simple: Tim must sacrifice his own life to save his son's. A dead man's gift... ONE BY ONE Six former school-friends have been reunited on a remote island. Separated since a fateful night twenty-one years ago, when their friend Rachel was killed, they're afraid for their lives - because the man arrested for Rachel's murder has been released. They think he's coming for them. They're almost right. Plus three more thrillers guaranteed to keep you gripped to the page. Can you withstand five full-strength doses of Simon Kernick?
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12.60 USD

Dead Man's Gift and Other Stories

by Simon Kernick
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**A NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' TOP BOOK OF 2018** The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson, author of the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus' Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating mortality, the ghosts of ...
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
**A NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' TOP BOOK OF 2018** The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson, author of the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus' Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson's death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.
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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

by Denis Johnson
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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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This engrossing first story collection by rising star Brendan Mathews is packed with compelling tales such as My Last Attempt to Explain to You What Happened with the Lion Tamer, in which a love triangle complicates things between a lion tamer, a trapeze artist, and the strongman. Mathews effortlessly weaves ...
This Is Not a Love Song
This engrossing first story collection by rising star Brendan Mathews is packed with compelling tales such as My Last Attempt to Explain to You What Happened with the Lion Tamer, in which a love triangle complicates things between a lion tamer, a trapeze artist, and the strongman. Mathews effortlessly weaves irresistible stories from a wide array of situations, as in Airborne, in which a couple's obsession with a mold in their house causes them to tear it apart plank by plank. A worker in architectural salvage trying to two-time his boss by stealing a valuable antique, a father and his sons haggling over the family business during high-stakes rounds of golf, and a widow of the Bosnian conflict recalling her husband's demise and her dramatic escape are only a few of the warm and intimately revealed characters populating Mathews's enchanting collection. This Is Not a Love Song is proof positive that Mathews is every bit the expert minimalist that he was the boisterous maximalist, as each of these ten stories brings its world and its sympathetic characters to life with vivid detail, emotional precision, and winning humor.
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27.300000 USD

This Is Not a Love Song

by Brendan Mathews
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Sixteen stories, sixteen intriguing situations, and a fascinating cast of characters populate The Far Side of Happiness, Boland's debut short fiction collection. An unemployed man, living alone, experiences a brief epiphany until his fragile optimism is shattered by a freak accident. A seemingly straightforward story about a marriage in trouble ...
The Far Side of Happiness
Sixteen stories, sixteen intriguing situations, and a fascinating cast of characters populate The Far Side of Happiness, Boland's debut short fiction collection. An unemployed man, living alone, experiences a brief epiphany until his fragile optimism is shattered by a freak accident. A seemingly straightforward story about a marriage in trouble conceals a devastating and unexpected deceit, revealed in its final lines. An Irish bachelor living in Paris has his life of entitlement turned upside down by two simultaneous, though unrelated, events. An environmentalist brings her naive idealism to a rural community but hopelessly misreads the town's mood.
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26.200000 USD

The Far Side of Happiness

by Gerry Boland
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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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'If you enjoyed Cat Person, this is for you' Evening Standard The truth was that if a woman bit a man in an office environment, there would be a strong assumption that the man had done something to deserve it . . . From the creator of Cat Person - ...
You Know You Want This
'If you enjoyed Cat Person, this is for you' Evening Standard The truth was that if a woman bit a man in an office environment, there would be a strong assumption that the man had done something to deserve it . . . From the creator of Cat Person - the first short story to go viral - comes You Know You Want This, a compulsive collection about sex, dating and modern life. These are stories of women's lives now. They also happen to be horror stories. In some, women endure the horror. In others, they inflict it. Here are women at work, at home, on dates, at the doctor's, with their families and with their friends. Here are women grappling with desire, punishment, guilt and anger. These are stories that make you feel fascinated but repelled, scared but delighted, revolted but aroused. You Know You Want This shows why Kristen Roupenian is the most audacious new voice in American fiction. Funny, furious, sly and explicit, she takes a long, hard look at the messed-up power dynamic between men and women - and messes it up some more. `You know you want to read this collection by the author of the viral short story Cat Person -One story in particular, The Good Guy, is chillingly accurate.' ELLE ELLE ONE TO WATCH
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22.17 USD

You Know You Want This

by Kristen Roupenian
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'On the whole, it was easier than I had expected. Only once did I feel myself at risk. That was when the Inspector suddenly intervened. He said in a harsh voice: He married your wife, didn't he? Took her away from you some people might say. Nice piece of goods, ...
The Victim: Faber Stories
'On the whole, it was easier than I had expected. Only once did I feel myself at risk. That was when the Inspector suddenly intervened. He said in a harsh voice: He married your wife, didn't he? Took her away from you some people might say. Nice piece of goods, too, by the look of her. Didn't you feel any grievance? I had been expecting this question. I knew exactly what I would say.' The late, great P. D. James takes us inside the mind of a murderer.
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5.97 USD

The Victim: Faber Stories

by P. D. James
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'One of the most talented writers of short fiction in America. . .' James Wood, New Yorker Following the publication of his widely acclaimed, Man Booker-nominated novel Hystopia, David Means returns to his signature form: the short story. Instructions for a Funeral finds a universally admired practitioner in newly expansive ...
Instructions for a Funeral
'One of the most talented writers of short fiction in America. . .' James Wood, New Yorker Following the publication of his widely acclaimed, Man Booker-nominated novel Hystopia, David Means returns to his signature form: the short story. Instructions for a Funeral finds a universally admired practitioner in newly expansive territory. Means writes with compassionate precision about fatherhood, marriage, a homeless brother, the nature of addiction, and the death of a friend at the hands of a serial killer nurse. He transmutes a fistfight in Sacramento into a tender, life-long love story; two FBI agents on a stakeout in the 1920s into a tale of predator and prey; a man's funeral instructions into a chronicle of organized crime, real estate ventures, and the destructive force of paranoia. Means's work has earned him comparisons to Flannery O'Connor, Alice Munro, Sherwood Anderson, Denis Johnson, Edgar Allan Poe, Anton Chekhov, and Raymond Carver but his place in the American literary landscape is fully and originally his own. 'David Means is that lucky (and brilliant) writer: a man in full possession of a vision.' - Richard Ford
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22.17 USD

Instructions for a Funeral

by David Means, David Means
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When Ray turns up to visit his old university friends Charlie and Emily, he's given a special task: to be so much his useless self that he makes Charlie look good by comparison. But Ray has his own buried feelings to contend with. Decades earlier, he and Emily would listen ...
Come Rain or Come Shine: Faber Stories
When Ray turns up to visit his old university friends Charlie and Emily, he's given a special task: to be so much his useless self that he makes Charlie look good by comparison. But Ray has his own buried feelings to contend with. Decades earlier, he and Emily would listen to jazz when they were alone, and now, as Sarah Vaughan sings through the speakers, he struggles to control everything the sound brings with it. In Kazuo Ishiguro's hands, a snapshot of domestic realism becomes a miniature masterpiece of memory and forgetting.
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5.97 USD

Come Rain or Come Shine: Faber Stories

by Kazuo Ishiguro
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In his masterful story 'A River in Egypt', David Means paints a portrait of a moment. Cavanaugh and his young son are suspended; trapped in what a nurse calls 'the sweat chamber', where the boy will be tested for cystic fibrosis. Cavanaugh has brought distractions - spasmodic action figures, malformed ...
A River in Egypt: Faber Stories
In his masterful story 'A River in Egypt', David Means paints a portrait of a moment. Cavanaugh and his young son are suspended; trapped in what a nurse calls 'the sweat chamber', where the boy will be tested for cystic fibrosis. Cavanaugh has brought distractions - spasmodic action figures, malformed toy trucks - but they do little to alter the frustration of the sick child screaming, or to alleviate the anxiety of the time spent waiting for 'some exactitude in the form of a diagnosis'.
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5.97 USD

A River in Egypt: Faber Stories

by David Means
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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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Well, thought Belacqua, it's a quick death, God help us all. It is not. 'Dante and the Lobster' is the first of the linked short stories in Samuel Beckett's first book, More Pricks Than Kicks. Published in 1934, its style was recognisably indebted to that of his mentor, James Joyce, ...
Dante and the Lobster: Faber Stories
Well, thought Belacqua, it's a quick death, God help us all. It is not. 'Dante and the Lobster' is the first of the linked short stories in Samuel Beckett's first book, More Pricks Than Kicks. Published in 1934, its style was recognisably indebted to that of his mentor, James Joyce, and crammed with linguistic texture and allusion that Beckett later shed. The book baffled many critics and sold so few copies that several batches were pulped. Decades later, this story was hailed as the Nobel Prize-winner's earliest important work.
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5.97 USD

Dante and the Lobster: Faber Stories

by Samuel Beckett
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As he stood up, he suddenly felt aroused by Mrs Shaw's large breasts, boy's haircut, and little-girl sneakers. Even her nostrils suggested a frank sexuality. Gopal wanted to put his hands on her waist and pull her toward him. And then he realized that he had. Gopal Maurya's wife has ...
Cosmopolitan: Faber Stories
As he stood up, he suddenly felt aroused by Mrs Shaw's large breasts, boy's haircut, and little-girl sneakers. Even her nostrils suggested a frank sexuality. Gopal wanted to put his hands on her waist and pull her toward him. And then he realized that he had. Gopal Maurya's wife has left him, preferring to seek enlightenment in an ashram in India. But when his neighbour comes to borrow his lawnmower, Gopal thinks he might find something similar right here in New Jersey. Armed with Cosmopolitan magazine as his bible, he embarks on a quest for suburban romance.
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5.97 USD

Cosmopolitan: Faber Stories

by Akhil Sharma
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The government has cleaned up Harare for the Queen of England's visit. 'The townships are too full of people, they said, gather them up and put them in the places the Queen will not see.' Four waves of people have settled on Easterly Farm since then, living on the margins ...
An Elegy for Easterly: Faber Stories
The government has cleaned up Harare for the Queen of England's visit. 'The townships are too full of people, they said, gather them up and put them in the places the Queen will not see.' Four waves of people have settled on Easterly Farm since then, living on the margins in homes that will soon be destroyed. Among them is Martha Mupengo. She has lost her wits, and gained a pregnancy. Who could be the baby's father, and what fate awaits mothers and children in this temporary, poverty-stricken town?
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5.97 USD

An Elegy for Easterly: Faber Stories

by Petina Gappah
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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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Adrienne is living in a puritanical age, when the best compliment a childless woman can get is: 'You'd make a terrific mother'. That's when she goes to her friends' Labor Day picnic and accidentally kills their baby. The shock of this scene is expertly packed into two brief paragraphs. What ...
Terrific Mother: Faber Stories
Adrienne is living in a puritanical age, when the best compliment a childless woman can get is: 'You'd make a terrific mother'. That's when she goes to her friends' Labor Day picnic and accidentally kills their baby. The shock of this scene is expertly packed into two brief paragraphs. What follows is Adrienne's retreat from life and her attempt to return to it. Her sharp scepticism about the people around her is achingly funny. Yet beyond derision there is forgiveness and something along the lines of love.
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5.97 USD

Terrific Mother: Faber Stories

by Lorrie Moore
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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. ...
Gifts for the One Who Comes After
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 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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Adapted for BBC4's Inspector Montalbano. A collection of eight ingenious short stories following Inspector Montalbano's investigations into Sicily's murky underworld, all served with Camilleri's trademark wit, and Montalbano's typical appetite. From the title story, Death at Sea, in which the alleged manslaughter of an engineer upon a fishing trawler leads ...
Death at Sea
Adapted for BBC4's Inspector Montalbano. A collection of eight ingenious short stories following Inspector Montalbano's investigations into Sicily's murky underworld, all served with Camilleri's trademark wit, and Montalbano's typical appetite. From the title story, Death at Sea, in which the alleged manslaughter of an engineer upon a fishing trawler leads Inspector Montalbano to uncover an even more sinister crime, Andrea Camilleri takes his readers through eight cunning cases from the Vigatan police files. Starting with an arson attack on a hotel which leaves the distraught owner as the chief suspect; to the mysterious case of a woman who goes missing in an underpass with a million lire in her handbag; to a threat on Montalbano's own life, as an anonymous motorcyclist takes a shot at the detective. Featuring stories adapted for BBC4's Inspector Montalbano, this is the perfect place to start reading Sicily's favourite crime author.
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13.64 USD

Death at Sea

by Andrea Camilleri
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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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A SPELLBINDING, EERILY UNSETTLING COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES FROM A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL LITERARY STAR The crunch of a bird's wing. Abandoned by the roadside, newlywed brides scream with rage as they are caught in the headlights of a passing car. A cloud of butterflies, so beautiful it smothers. Unearthly and ...
Mouthful of Birds: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE, 2019
A SPELLBINDING, EERILY UNSETTLING COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES FROM A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL LITERARY STAR The crunch of a bird's wing. Abandoned by the roadside, newlywed brides scream with rage as they are caught in the headlights of a passing car. A cloud of butterflies, so beautiful it smothers. Unearthly and unexpected, these stories burrow their way into your psyche with the feel of a sleepless night. Every shadow and bump in the dark takes on huge implications, leaving the pulse racing - blurring the line between the real and the strange.
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22.17 USD

Mouthful of Birds: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE, 2019

by Samanta Schweblin
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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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An unnamed protagonist is on holiday with her new, much-married lover, in the company of the monstrously rich. 'How long would she last? It would be uppermost in all their minds.' Each day, while the others are out at sea, she is taught to swim. Eventually, she will be expected ...
Paradise: Faber Stories
An unnamed protagonist is on holiday with her new, much-married lover, in the company of the monstrously rich. 'How long would she last? It would be uppermost in all their minds.' Each day, while the others are out at sea, she is taught to swim. Eventually, she will be expected to perform. The pressure mounts; it is only a matter of time before she snaps. Edna O'Brien crafts a quietly horrifying scene of eroticism and insecurity, and makes one woman's near-fatal discomfort stand for society's larger trap.
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Paradise: Faber Stories

by Edna O'Brien
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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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Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories

by Kelly Barnhill
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'My only concern', John McGahern once said, 'is that I get the sentence right and describe my world clearly and deeply.' 'The Country Funeral' witnesses three brothers, John, Philly and Fonsie Ryan, as they travel west from Dublin to Gloria Bog - the heart of the territory where so many ...
The Country Funeral: Faber Stories
'My only concern', John McGahern once said, 'is that I get the sentence right and describe my world clearly and deeply.' 'The Country Funeral' witnesses three brothers, John, Philly and Fonsie Ryan, as they travel west from Dublin to Gloria Bog - the heart of the territory where so many of McGahern's stories take place - to attend the funeral of their uncle. Depicting the customs and rituals of the day, McGahern exquisitely traces how the brothers react to the area in unexpected and tender ways, and face their own feelings about the transience of life.
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The Country Funeral: Faber Stories

by John McGahern
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