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On the bleak streets of Dublin, a young boy grieves over the death of an irreligious priest, a woman elopes with her lover, and a professor considers the nature of death: these are some of the unfortunate denizens of James Joyce's imagination. This powerful collection of short stories from one ...
Dubliners
On the bleak streets of Dublin, a young boy grieves over the death of an irreligious priest, a woman elopes with her lover, and a professor considers the nature of death: these are some of the unfortunate denizens of James Joyce's imagination. This powerful collection of short stories from one of Ireland's greatest writers includes such brilliant tales as 'Araby', 'The Sisters' and 'The Dead'. Gracefully written and born of deeply personal experiences, the stories in this collection are often bleak and troubling. Together they provide an unflinching portrait of the city, as Joyce lays out the brutal realities of Irish life on the eve of independence. A controversial and genre-defying depiction of the everyday, Dubliners is an essential read from one of Ireland's most celebrated literary figures.
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11.93 USD

Dubliners

by James Joyce
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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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The Rapture Index is Molly Reid's debut collection. It won the BOA Short Fiction Prize. Individual stories from the collection have won awards and honorable mentions from The Pinch, The Masters' Review, and Gulf Coast. A new twist on a medieval literary form, The Rapture Index: A Suburban Bestiary turns ...
The Rapture Index: A Suburban Bestiary
The Rapture Index is Molly Reid's debut collection. It won the BOA Short Fiction Prize. Individual stories from the collection have won awards and honorable mentions from The Pinch, The Masters' Review, and Gulf Coast. A new twist on a medieval literary form, The Rapture Index: A Suburban Bestiary turns the familiar suburban landscape on its head by looking at the relationship between humans and animals and breaking down the barriers we place between ourselves and the natural world. These stories reveal the messy, the unfinished, and the chaotic passions that are always threatening to bubble up from beneath society's mechanisms of control. Molly Reid's style is comparable to notable short fiction authors including Carmen Maria Machado, Samantha Hunt, Daisy Johnson, Steven Millhauser, and Rebecca Lee. BOA Short Fiction Prize winners have been strong sellers in recent seasons and have seen outstanding attention from the NYTBR, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, et al. Molly Reid won the inaugural NPR Three-Minute Fiction writing contest in 2009. Her story, Not That I Care, was selected by James Wood, who said of her story: I think it works like all good simile or metaphor. It has an initial strangeness and then an absolute rightness, so that you read it and think, yeah, I never thought of it like that. Absolutely, that's what it is. It's being captured. And it was hard to find moments like that in any of the other stories, in fact. Reid's stories have appeared in NPR, The Pinch, Gulf Coast, The Masters' Review, TriQuarterly, The Collagist, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, and elsewhere.
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17.850000 USD

The Rapture Index: A Suburban Bestiary

by Molly Reid
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A superb new translation by Michael Hofmann of some of Kafka's most frightening and visionary short fiction Strange beasts, night terrors, absurd bureaucrats and sinister places abound in this collection of stories by Franz Kafka. Some are less than a page long, others more substantial; all were unpublished in his ...
The Burrow: Posthumously Published Short Fiction
A superb new translation by Michael Hofmann of some of Kafka's most frightening and visionary short fiction Strange beasts, night terrors, absurd bureaucrats and sinister places abound in this collection of stories by Franz Kafka. Some are less than a page long, others more substantial; all were unpublished in his lifetime. These matchless short works range from the gleeful miniature horror 'Little Fable' to the off-kilter humour of 'Investigations of a Dog', and from the elaborate waking nightmare of 'Building the Great Wall of China' to the creeping unease of 'The Burrow', where a nameless creature's labyrinthine hiding place turns into a trap of fear and paranoia.
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15.34 USD

The Burrow: Posthumously Published Short Fiction

by Franz Kafka
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'This novel is a jewel ... one of those books that enters the soul, which it is impossible not to be conquered by. It is a masterpiece like few others' Huffington Post Miguel and Alicia fall quietly in love as teenagers, walking back from school together. When Lucas - enigmatic, ...
Who Among Us?
'This novel is a jewel ... one of those books that enters the soul, which it is impossible not to be conquered by. It is a masterpiece like few others' Huffington Post Miguel and Alicia fall quietly in love as teenagers, walking back from school together. When Lucas - enigmatic, charismatic - arrives, everything changes, and Miguel is certain he has lost Alicia. Yet, against the odds, she marries him. Now, eleven years later, their marriage has begun to fray, and Alicia sets out to see Lucas again. As each member of this strange love triangle tells their side of what happened, an unforgettable story of desire, deception and tragic misunderstanding unfolds.
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15.34 USD

Who Among Us?

by Mario Benedetti
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Published to coincide with the 125th anniversary of James Thurber's birth, this treasury combines, for the first time, Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time with Thurber's unpublished preface and ten previously uncollected or unpublished stories. James Thurber has been called one of the world's greatest humorists ...
Collected Fables
Published to coincide with the 125th anniversary of James Thurber's birth, this treasury combines, for the first time, Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time with Thurber's unpublished preface and ten previously uncollected or unpublished stories. James Thurber has been called one of the world's greatest humorists by Alistair Cooke (Atlantic), one of our great American institutions (Stanley Walker), a magnificent satirist (Boston Transcript)--and few works reveal Thurber's genius as powerfully as his fables. Perennially entertaining and astutely satirical, Thurber pinpricks the idiosyncrasies of life with verbal frivolity, hilarious insights, political shrewdness, and, of course, quirky, quotable morals. Now, readers can savor 85 fables by the twentieth century's preeminent humorist collected for the first time in a single anthology: Fables for Our Time, Further Fables for Our Time, Thurber's unpublished preface, and ten previously uncollected fables--illustrated by ten contemporary artists including Seymour Chwast, Mark Ulriksen, Laurie Rosenwald, and R. O. Blechman--Collected Fables is a must-have for readers of all ages.
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16.790000 USD

Collected Fables

by James Thurber
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Acclaimed as the greatest writer ever produced in Latin America by Susan Sontag, as well as another Kafka by Allen Ginsberg, Machado de Assis (1839-1908) was famous in his time for his psychologically probing tales of fin-de-siecle Rio de Janeiro. Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson, the accomplished duo (The ...
Machado de Assis: 26 Stories
Acclaimed as the greatest writer ever produced in Latin America by Susan Sontag, as well as another Kafka by Allen Ginsberg, Machado de Assis (1839-1908) was famous in his time for his psychologically probing tales of fin-de-siecle Rio de Janeiro. Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson, the accomplished duo (The Wall Street Journal) behind the landmark...heroically translated volume (The New Yorker) of The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis (ISBN 978 0 87140 496 1), include twenty-six chronologically ordered stories, Machado de Assis affirms Machado's status as a literary giant who must finally be fully integrated into the world literary canon.
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20.46 USD

Machado de Assis: 26 Stories

by Joaquim Maria Machado De Assis
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In these Nordic woods where forbearers call blowing snow the sweet breath of death, a jeweller uses bird feathers to create works of art, a 54-year old man corresponds with the author of a message in a bottle thrown out to sea, another awaits the onslaught of the storm to ...
A Blanket Against Darkness
In these Nordic woods where forbearers call blowing snow the sweet breath of death, a jeweller uses bird feathers to create works of art, a 54-year old man corresponds with the author of a message in a bottle thrown out to sea, another awaits the onslaught of the storm to open wide his mouth and drink it whole. Nature opens its gills, in this book, where forgiveness is both sought after and offered. A Blanket Against Darkness is filled with talismans from the Earth. Its relic-filled landscapes, where one single movement can set off the migration of an entire colony, are constant reminders that one is never completely alone. Published by Marchand de feuilles in 2015, Traite des peaux was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Awards and for the Prix des Cinq continents de la Francophonie. This book is published in English, translated from the original Traite des peaux . - En ces forets nordiques ou les ancetres appellent la poudrerie le souffle de la mort, une joailliere fabrique des bijoux avec des plumes d'oiseaux, un homme de 54 ans correspond avec celui qui a envoye un message dans une bouteille jetee a la mer, un autre attend que l'orage eclate pour ouvrir la bouche et le boire en entier. La nature ouvre ses branchies, dans ce livre, ou l'on demande et propose le pardon. A Blanket Against Darkness est rempli de talismans qui viennent de la terre. Ses paysages nous montrent que nous sommes un peuple nordique et que nous ne sommes pas seuls au monde. Nous habitons des lieux peuples de reliques, ou un seul mouvement brusque peut faire migrer toute une colonie. Paru chez Marchand de feuilles en 2015, Traite des peaux a ete finaliste aux Prix litteraires du Gouverneur general, de meme qu'au Prix des Cinq continents de la Francophonie. Ce livre est publie en anglais, une traduction du titre original Traite des peaux .
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18.850000 USD

A Blanket Against Darkness

by Catherine Harton
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In the opening story of Posing Nude for the Saints, the daughter of a prostitute falls in love with a Mennonite and finds herself torn between two worlds. Vincent spotlights a young husband who comes to terms with his wife's terminal cancer, confronting his own helplessness and terror. The title ...
Posing Nude for the Saints: Stories
In the opening story of Posing Nude for the Saints, the daughter of a prostitute falls in love with a Mennonite and finds herself torn between two worlds. Vincent spotlights a young husband who comes to terms with his wife's terminal cancer, confronting his own helplessness and terror. The title story follows a divorcee who responds to a Craigslist ad for boudoir photography and finds more than what she bargained for. In Food for the Gods, a widow shops for a last supper for herself and her unborn child; in Passion Play, a cynical lawyer has a chance to save a life. The central character in Almost a Wolf does quiet battle with a rural pastor who's made a critical mistake. In Citizens, two runaway children escape a violent home and live happily in an abandoned camper until the real world intervenes. In Irises, a woman in crisis learns her mother's deepest secret, and in Burn, a family of five vacations in a wild landscape that foreshadows their collapse. Set primarily in rural east Tennessee, the stories in Posing Nude for the Saints portray men and women whose souls are all exposed, and for whom redemption is yet possible.
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20.950000 USD

Posing Nude for the Saints: Stories

by Elizabeth Genovise
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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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A newlywed gazes upon the wreckage of the Titanic. A young woman becomes the protege of a Parisian hotelier. An old woman meets an angel in a ghost town. Underground Women is a compilation of short stories by multitalented writer Jesse Lee Kercheval. The heart of the volume is a ...
Underground Women
A newlywed gazes upon the wreckage of the Titanic. A young woman becomes the protege of a Parisian hotelier. An old woman meets an angel in a ghost town. Underground Women is a compilation of short stories by multitalented writer Jesse Lee Kercheval. The heart of the volume is a reissue of narratives first published as the The Dogeater, winner of the AWP Short Fiction Award in 1987. With arresting imagery and heart-wrenching storylines, Kercheval's work uses humor and imagination to weave together themes of loss, dignity, tenacity and acceptance. These surreal and powerful vignettes will resonate with readers today as much as they did when first published.
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17.800000 USD

Underground Women

by Jesse Lee Kercheval
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'In this thrilling debut collection Alexia Arthurs is all too easy to love.' - Zadie Smith Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret - these are the tensions at the heart of Alexia Arthurs' debut book about Jamaican immigrants and their families back home. Some stories ask big ...
How to Love a Jamaican
'In this thrilling debut collection Alexia Arthurs is all too easy to love.' - Zadie Smith Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret - these are the tensions at the heart of Alexia Arthurs' debut book about Jamaican immigrants and their families back home. Some stories ask big questions about the things that define a person, others explode small moments of deep significance and lasting effect. Sweeping from close-knit island communities to the streets of New York City, How to Love a Jamaican offers a portrait of a nation, a people, and a way of life. Vibrant, lyrical and intimate, this collection of eleven short stories shows Alexia Arthurs to be one of the most dynamic and exciting young authors writing today. It includes the story `Bad Behavior', for which she won the Paris Review's Plimpton Prize.
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14.18 USD

How to Love a Jamaican

by Alexia Arthurs
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE HEARST BIG BOOK AWARDS 2019 AN AMBITIOUS AND ASSURED COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF KINTU If there's one thing the characters in Jennifer Makumbi's stories know, it's how to field an uncomfortable question. 'Let me buy you a cup of tea...what are ...
Manchester Happened
SHORTLISTED FOR THE HEARST BIG BOOK AWARDS 2019 AN AMBITIOUS AND ASSURED COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF KINTU If there's one thing the characters in Jennifer Makumbi's stories know, it's how to field an uncomfortable question. 'Let me buy you a cup of tea...what are you doing in England?' 'Do these children of yours speak any Luganda?' 'Did you know that man Idi Amin?' But perhaps the most difficult question of all is the one they ask themselves: 'You mean this is England?' Told with empathy, humour and compassion, these vibrant, kaleidoscopic stories re-imagine the journey of Ugandans who choose to make England their home. Weaving between Manchester and Kampala, this dazzling collection will captivate anyone who has ever wondered what it means to truly belong.
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25.58 USD

Manchester Happened

by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
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Melting Point fuses prose and poetry, realism and literary inventiveness, in dealing with the absurdity of humanity. Its fourteen stories embrace a dizzying variety of genres: hyperrealism, sci-fi, the Gothic and melodrama, all subtly re-invented. The most striking thing about Magarian's collection is its range of interests, the multiplicity of ...
Melting Point
Melting Point fuses prose and poetry, realism and literary inventiveness, in dealing with the absurdity of humanity. Its fourteen stories embrace a dizzying variety of genres: hyperrealism, sci-fi, the Gothic and melodrama, all subtly re-invented. The most striking thing about Magarian's collection is its range of interests, the multiplicity of the worlds evoked, and the extreme contrasts among its characters: a feted, reclusive writer; a seductive murderess with a fondness for Bourbon; a thief obsessed with a Toulouse-Lautrec print; a fruit and vegetable merchant who has a genius toddler; and a deep-sea diver who can only be free from clumsiness when she is submerged in water. Stories and characters flow from these molten moments in a series of fictions that touch on ecstasy and excess.
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17.05 USD

Melting Point

by Baret Magarian
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Catherine Morland has little experience of the world. When a neighbour takes her to visit the fashionable city of Bath, her naivete leaves her vulnerable. Who should Catherine trust? Whose friendship is genuine and whose will be harmful? Catherine's adventure becomes sinister when she visits Northanger Abbey. What is hidden ...
Northanger Abbey
Catherine Morland has little experience of the world. When a neighbour takes her to visit the fashionable city of Bath, her naivete leaves her vulnerable. Who should Catherine trust? Whose friendship is genuine and whose will be harmful? Catherine's adventure becomes sinister when she visits Northanger Abbey. What is hidden in the locked cabinet? Why are the General's children afraid of him? What terrible secrets does he keep in his dead wife's bedroom? Guided only by the gothic horror stories she so loves reading, Catherine stumbles through her adventures. Will hers be a happy ending? Will she find a hero to share her `happily ever after'?
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11.93 USD

Northanger Abbey

by Jane Austen
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In this intriguing and occasionally surreal volume of novellas and shorter fiction, BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and acclaimed novelist Paul A. Mendelson explores with humour and pathos how our words make us so vulnerably human. A volunteer on a helpline hears a voice at the other end that changes her world forever... ...
The Art of Listening
In this intriguing and occasionally surreal volume of novellas and shorter fiction, BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and acclaimed novelist Paul A. Mendelson explores with humour and pathos how our words make us so vulnerably human. A volunteer on a helpline hears a voice at the other end that changes her world forever... A failing scriptwriter tries to sell his mad movie to a famous director by pretending it's the story of his life... A proud Scotsman wakes up after a mild stroke to discover he has turned English... A middle-aged man whose young father died before he was born meets his long lost parent in a dusty attic... A husband leaves his wife forever - until he realises he has left his precious watch behind...
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15.34 USD

The Art of Listening

by Paul A. Mendelson
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Of Lisa Lenzo's first collection, Charles Baxter wrote: Lenzo's stories have a strong pulse of feeling and a sly intelligence, and her angels, children, and lovers have an eerie radiance, a hard-won wisdom, that you can spot on any page of this book. In Unblinking, Lenzo's angels, lovers, and children ...
Unblinking
Of Lisa Lenzo's first collection, Charles Baxter wrote: Lenzo's stories have a strong pulse of feeling and a sly intelligence, and her angels, children, and lovers have an eerie radiance, a hard-won wisdom, that you can spot on any page of this book. In Unblinking, Lenzo's angels, lovers, and children are back-older, sometimes wiser, and shedding new light. All ten stories in Unblinking take place in or circle back to Detroit and portray both the beauty and grit of the city and its inhabitants. In Up in the Air, a blues musician cherishes his memory of falling from a tree - the utter sweetness of falling, of floating, almost still - even though his downward plunge has left him seriously disabled. The narrator of In the White Man's House, recalls a high school basketball game, torn by racial division, and the distress of his teenaged friend who strove to be blacker. In Losing It, a disgruntled angel tries to help a nurse control his outbursts of comic and fruitless anger. And in Marching, an old white man, who now has great difficulty walking, remembers marching fifty miles with Martin Luther King Jr. Despite the hardships they experience, the characters in the collection find pleasure and solace in what this lovely planet has to offer. By turns playful and grave, told with humor and candor, these down-to-earth and heavenly stories will both surprise with fresh insight and remind the reader of what they already know. Unblinking is a short story collection for any lover of contemporary fiction looking for that strong pulse of feeling.
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19.940000 USD

Unblinking

by Lisa Lenzo
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This collection of stand-alone short stories is a treat for new readers and dedicated fans alike. In each of these 17 stories, an ordinary person takes on an extraordinary journey to a new life, discovering facets and strengths they never knew they possessed. Across a variety of time periods and ...
The Cotton Lass and Other Stories
This collection of stand-alone short stories is a treat for new readers and dedicated fans alike. In each of these 17 stories, an ordinary person takes on an extraordinary journey to a new life, discovering facets and strengths they never knew they possessed. Across a variety of time periods and settings, these stories capture Anna Jacobs' unique style and showcase her mastery of emotional tales. The collection includes: The Cotton Lass: Widow Sarah is struggling to make ends meet as England suffers from the cotton famine brought on by war in the United States. Will the opportunity to move to Australia provide a new life for her? Sunshine and Parrots: Penny has moved to Perth, Australia to be closer to her brother. She finds herself attracted to her handsome new neighbour, Matt, but will a series of misunderstandings keep them apart? Going Out in Style: Mrs Kelly is widely acknowledged as uncooperative and a trouble maker in her nursing home, but forms a bond with Raelene, a young woman doing community service at the home. Their friendship will transform them both.
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15.34 USD

The Cotton Lass and Other Stories

by Anna Jacobs
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An apprentice sushi chef and a mysterious blue-eyed woman share a bottle of wine inside a climate-controlled otter tank. The Great Wall of China grumbles as workers forego construction to watch an imperial game of baseball. A young woman tries to imagine a future unsullied by her family's history of ...
Pangs of Love and Other Writings
An apprentice sushi chef and a mysterious blue-eyed woman share a bottle of wine inside a climate-controlled otter tank. The Great Wall of China grumbles as workers forego construction to watch an imperial game of baseball. A young woman tries to imagine a future unsullied by her family's history of untimely death. First issued in 1991, Pangs of Love introduced David Wong Louie's bold storytelling. The son of Chinese immigrants, he centered his stories around characters who are in conflict with their place in the world, disconnected from both American society and their own families. The depth of his portrayals renders their experiences of love, envy, loneliness, loss, and duty universal-informed by their heritage yet not confined by it. These twelve short stories and one essay swerve from the absurd to longing for love, understanding, or simply a morsel of food. Pangs of Love and Other Writings makes Louie's debut book available again, along with an additional short story and an extraordinary autobiographical essay, Eat, Memory, in which he reflects on life without food after throat cancer took away his ability to swallow. Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen contributes a foreword elucidating Louie's role in shaping contemporary Asian American literature, while an afterword by literary scholar King-Kok Cheung retraces the three phases of Louie's career.
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30.70 USD

Pangs of Love and Other Writings

by David Wong Louie
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With this collection of brutal and heart-wrenching stories, the Bosnian writer Faruk Sehic secured his reputation as one of the greatest writers to emerge from the region. A war veteran and a poet, Sehic combines beauty and horror to seduce and surprise the reader; Sehic literally describes the war through ...
Under Pressure
With this collection of brutal and heart-wrenching stories, the Bosnian writer Faruk Sehic secured his reputation as one of the greatest writers to emerge from the region. A war veteran and a poet, Sehic combines beauty and horror to seduce and surprise the reader; Sehic literally describes the war through the gun sight of an AK-47. His book is brutal, naturalistic, honest and uncompromising; his characters kill and get killed, they rob corpses and homes, they get drunk and get into fights, they parade in front of a mirror wearing a uniform ripped off a dead soldier. There's drugs and alcohol in abundance, and they are--paradoxically--reason's last line of defense.
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17.05 USD

Under Pressure

by Faruk Sehic
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This wonderfully original collection proves once again that Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet is the American writer with the funniest, wisest grasp on how we fool ourselves (Chicago Tribune). In Fight No More, Nina, a lonely real-estate broker estranged from her only relative, is at the center of a web ...
Fight No More: Stories
This wonderfully original collection proves once again that Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet is the American writer with the funniest, wisest grasp on how we fool ourselves (Chicago Tribune). In Fight No More, Nina, a lonely real-estate broker estranged from her only relative, is at the center of a web of stories connecting a community through the houses they inhabit. With crackling satire and surprising tenderness, Millet introduces an indelible cast of untidy teens, beastly men, and strong-minded women whose stories begin to outline the fate of one particular family being torn apart by forces they recognize but cannot control. Millet's intellect and beautiful prose deliver profound insight into human behavior, from the ordinary to the bizarre, and draws startling contrasts between house and home.
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16.750000 USD

Fight No More: Stories

by Lydia Millet
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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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'A gripping, wonderfully understated book that oozes humanity, emotion and humour.' Guardian LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019 `Wendy Erskine's first collection, Sweet Home . . . is every bit as good as her early stories in the always astute Stinging Fly magazine promised.' Jon McGregor, New Statesman Set ...
Sweet Home
'A gripping, wonderfully understated book that oozes humanity, emotion and humour.' Guardian LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019 `Wendy Erskine's first collection, Sweet Home . . . is every bit as good as her early stories in the always astute Stinging Fly magazine promised.' Jon McGregor, New Statesman Set in the author's native Belfast, the ten stories in Sweet Home lay bare the heartbreak and quiet tragedies that run under the surface of everyday lives. A lonely woman is fascinated by her niqab-wearing neighbours; a middle-aged teacher becomes obsessed with a young Gaelic football player; and an employer covers for his two employees caught having sex in a public toilet. Wendy Erskine offers perfectly formed, brilliantly observed portraits of people trying to carve out a life for themselves, all the while being buffeted by the loss, grief and regret that come their way. Warm, compassionate and funny, Sweet Home captures life in contemporary East Belfast, in all of its forms.
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22.17 USD

Sweet Home

by Wendy Erskine
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Wise and funny, touching and true, What We're Teaching Our Sons is for anyone who has ever wondered how to be a grown up. We're teaching our sons about money; about heartbreak, and mountains, and philosophy. We're teaching them about the big bang and the abominable snowman and what happens ...
What We're Teaching Our Sons
Wise and funny, touching and true, What We're Teaching Our Sons is for anyone who has ever wondered how to be a grown up. We're teaching our sons about money; about heartbreak, and mountains, and philosophy. We're teaching them about the big bang and the abominable snowman and what happens when you get struck by lightning. We're teaching them about the toughness of single mothers, and the importance of having friends who've known you longer than you've known yourself, and the difference between zombies and vampires. We're teaching them about sex, although everyone would be a lot happier if the subject had never come up... Meet the married Dads, the divorced Dads, the widowed Dads and the gay Dads; the gamblers, the firemen, the bankers, the nurses, the soldiers and the milkmen. They're trying to guide their sons through the foothills of childhood into the bewildering uplands of adulthood. But it's hard to know if they're doing it right. Or what their sons' mothers think... Wise and funny, touching and true, What We're Teaching Our Sons is for anyone who has ever wondered how to be a grown up.
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13.64 USD

What We're Teaching Our Sons

by Owen Booth
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'A marvelous, astonishing collection that we would do well to read before the worlds it conjures are upon us. Urgently recommended.' Alan Moore The New York Times Bestseller From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others - the basis for the Academy Award nominated film Arrival - ...
Exhalation
'A marvelous, astonishing collection that we would do well to read before the worlds it conjures are upon us. Urgently recommended.' Alan Moore The New York Times Bestseller 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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Exhalation

by Ted Chiang
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An A.V. Club Book to Read for June 2019 In moments of exile and self-exile, exodus and return, Elise Levine's uncanny narratives lay bare the secret grammar of their characters' psyches. An ill-tempered divinity-school candidate refuses to minister to a dying man's wife; a couple fails to connect as they ...
This Wicked Tongue
An A.V. Club Book to Read for June 2019 In moments of exile and self-exile, exodus and return, Elise Levine's uncanny narratives lay bare the secret grammar of their characters' psyches. An ill-tempered divinity-school candidate refuses to minister to a dying man's wife; a couple fails to connect as they tour an ersatz cave in the south of France; holy women grieve in medieval England, and a pregnant runaway hitches a ride with a Church leader of dubious intentions. Propelled by their longing for pasts that no longer exist, these reluctant Adams and contemporary Eves confront the unspoken, the maligned, the abject aspects of their inner geographies, mining them for gems that glint and scatter in the light. Uncompromising and honest, lyrical and wry, This Wicked Tongue dares to tell the truth about the places we have come from and the new ones we might find.
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18.75 USD

This Wicked Tongue

by Elise Levine
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Her eyes drift as she wonders who they are and where they're going. More importantly, where is she going? Where are they going? And what's going to happen when they get there? A new life? A new beginning? She bites her lip. She doesn't think so. Australia is known as ...
Open Wounds
Her eyes drift as she wonders who they are and where they're going. More importantly, where is she going? Where are they going? And what's going to happen when they get there? A new life? A new beginning? She bites her lip. She doesn't think so. Australia is known as the lucky country, but as we know luck is relative. S.C. Farrow's Open Wounds is a collection of unflinching Australian short stories that shines a light on those moments in life that are as profound as they are traumatic.
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13.64 USD

Open Wounds

by S. C. Farrow
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Berlin: long-celebrated as a city of artists and outcasts, but also a city of teachers and construction workers. A place of tourists and refugees, and the memories of those exiled and expelled. A city named after marshland; if you dig a hole, you'll soon hit sand. The stories of Berlin ...
Built on Sand
Berlin: long-celebrated as a city of artists and outcasts, but also a city of teachers and construction workers. A place of tourists and refugees, and the memories of those exiled and expelled. A city named after marshland; if you dig a hole, you'll soon hit sand. The stories of Berlin are the stories BUILT ON SAND. A wooden town, laid waste by the Thirty Years War that became the metropolis by the Spree that spread out and swallowed villages whole. The city of Rosa Luxemburg and Joseph Roth, of student movements and punks on both sides of the Wall. A place still bearing the scars of National Socialism and the divided city that emerged from the wreckage of war. BUILT ON SAND centres on the personal geographies of place, and how memory and history live on in the individual and collective imagination. This novel offers a portrait of a city three decades on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the legacy of that history in a city that was once divided but remains fractured and fragmented.
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17.05 USD

Built on Sand

by Paul Scraton
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The South Westerlies is an attempt to know place (Gower) through the creation of a collection of short stories. Place is not a cosmetic backdrop, but an affecting agent in the lives of a wide cast of fictional characters. The collection is unified by the tone of the prevalent dank ...
The South Westerlies
The South Westerlies is an attempt to know place (Gower) through the creation of a collection of short stories. Place is not a cosmetic backdrop, but an affecting agent in the lives of a wide cast of fictional characters. The collection is unified by the tone of the prevalent dank south-westerly wind that blows across the peninsula, the UK's first designated area of outstanding natural beauty. However, the author chooses to let her gaze fall on the downsides of a much vaunted tourism destination and a place that is too beautiful, perhaps, for its own good.
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The South Westerlies

by Jane Fraser
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'Madeleine Bourdouxhe is one of the more remarkable literary discoveries of the last few years' Jonathan Coe These are stories of longing and dissatisfaction, of daily life ruptured by strange currents of feeling. A woman, wandering alone and heartbroken, is first attacked and then romantically pursued by a stranger. A ...
A Nail, A Rose
'Madeleine Bourdouxhe is one of the more remarkable literary discoveries of the last few years' Jonathan Coe These are stories of longing and dissatisfaction, of daily life ruptured by strange currents of feeling. A woman, wandering alone and heartbroken, is first attacked and then romantically pursued by a stranger. A maid wears her mistress's expensive coat to meet her lover, but finds herself more preoccupied by fantasies of intimacy with 'Madame'. A woman gives birth on the day foreign troops invade the city, and must flee with her newborn on the back of a truck. Written in the aftermath of the Nazi occupation of Europe, and admired by the Existentialists and the Surrealists alike, these stories are now translated with extraordinary clarity by Faith Evans. With piercing insight and candour, Madeleine Bourdouxhe illuminates the conflicted hearts of the housewife, the mother, and the maid. These unforgettable tales of ordinary women are suffused with desire and melancholy, memory and fantasy, and lit by the furnace burning just beneath the surface of everyday life.
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20.48 USD

A Nail, A Rose

by Madeleine Bourdouxhe
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