Category: Short Stories

Ghost Town: Tales of Manhattan Then and Now by Patrick McGrath

By Patrick McGrath

A guy is haunted via the reminiscence of his mom with a rope around her neck. it's the American battle of Independence, and having defied the British forces occupying ny she needs to pay for her innovative actions. yet fifty years on her son harbours a festering guilt for his inadvertent half in her downfall. In thrusting nineteenth-century big apple, a ruthless merchant's delicate son is denied the affection of his existence via his father's prejudice opposed to the immigrants flooding into town - and insanity and violence happen. within the wake of 11th of September, a ny psychiatrist treats a favoured sufferer reeling from the destruction of the area alternate middle, yet fails to discover the wear she herself has sustained.

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Tokyo Stirs: Short Stories About Asia by Harmon Cooper

By Harmon Cooper

"## An exploration of Asia via tragic romance, heartbreak, magic, cautionary stories and triumph.

*Now to be had in print!*
From the writer of the **Life is a gorgeous factor sequence ** and **Boy as opposed to Self** comes a set of news exploring modern day Asia. those tales, such a lot of which have been penned of their genuine destinations during the last 5 years, deal seriously with getting older, magic either stable and undesirable, in addition to the continued aftermath of globalization. The tales occur in Nepal, India, Korea, Mongolia and Japan.

In ""Stuffed Prey,"" a eastern maid café employee's obsession with claw machines is likened to the very human wish to prevail. Harmon Cooper, the writer of the gathering, used to be in a bus twist of fate in India in 2011. ""The Sciatica Goblin and the foreign Motley Crew,"" is a recollection of this event. dealing with retirement, a subway employee named Kodai runs from his publish onto the street in ""Tokyo Stirs."" He keeps working, because the information media and police chase in the back of him.

Heavy at the magical realism aspect, ""Tani House,"" explores the original courting among an outdated girl and her guesthouse in Kyoto. ""Modern Nomads"" is a surrealist piece a few waitress who has had eyelid surgical procedure in Mongolia.

In ""Pouring Hearts,"" a former soldier returns to Korea two decades after his journey of accountability to discover his lengthy misplaced love. What he unearths as an alternative will hang-out him perpetually. In ""Dreaded,"" a guy named Tommy is nearly imprisoned via Nepali police after attending a dance membership full of under-aged women. In ""Fishing with Shiva,"" a guy being affected by Creutzfeldt-Jakob disorder tells a bittersweet tale to his caretaker approximately his time in Nepal. those 3 tales shape a trio of news all attached by way of a ebook known as as soon as upon the Ganges.

The tales in **Tokyo Stirs** are bittersweet tales, written to encourage either desire and worry in regards to the passing of time.


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Please Don't Be Upset by Brandi Wells

By Brandi Wells

Please Don’t Be disillusioned is a suite of fifteen completely rendered stories–lists, directions, yearnings, confessions, more–stories approximately imperfect moms and daughters, men and women, unusual tales approximately folded our bodies and stalking deer, tales in regards to the small, heartbreaking methods we fail one another, but grasp so tightly.

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The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, No 23 by Edward L. Ferman

By Edward L. Ferman

Paperback reprint of hardcover unique. Contents: Stone, through Edward Bryant (1978 Nebula Award); the guy Who Had No notion, via Thomas M. Disch (nominated, 1979 Hugo Award); a home Divided, through Lee Killough; Brother Hart, by means of Jane Yolen; venture Hi-Rise, via Robert F. younger; Nina, via Robert Bloch; Prismatica, via Samuel R. Delany (nominated, 1978 Hugo Award); Zorphwar! via Stan Dryer; The Detweiler Boy, through Tom Reamy; Upstart, via Steven Utley; within the corridor of the Martian Kings, through John Varley (nominated, 1978 Hugo Award); I See You, through Damon Knight (nominated, 1977 Hugo Award). additionally technology via Isaac Asimov, Books through Joanna Russ, movie by means of Baird Searles, and Competitions.

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In Another Country: Selected Stories by David Constantine

By David Constantine

"I begun examining those tales quietly, after which grew to become obsessed, learn all of them quickly, and began re-reading them time and again. they're gripping stories, yet what's startling is the standard of the writing. each sentence is either unpredictable and precisely what it may be."—A.S. Byatt, The Guardian

"Rich and allusive and unashamedly moving."—The Independent

"Spellbinding."—The Irish Times

"An uneasy combination of the beautiful and the typical . . . the beatific, the normal, the rebarbative even, are virtually indistinguishable . . . clever and well-turned."—The occasions Literary Supplement

"Perhaps the best of up to date writers during this form."—The Reader

The first American booklet by means of one of many maximum residing fiction masters, In one other Country spans David Constantine's notable thirty-year profession. recognized for his or her pristine emotional readability, their spare yet intensely evocative discussion, and their fearless exposures of the guts in moments of defiance, swap, resistance, flight, isolation, and redemption, those tales exhibit time and again Constantine's undying and enduring appeal.

David Constantine is an award-winning brief tale author, poet, and translator. His collections of poetry contain The Pelt of Wasps, whatever for the Ghosts (shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize), Nine Fathom Deep, and Elder. he's the writer of 1 novel, Davies, and has released 4 collections of brief tales within the uk, together with the winner of the 2013 Frank O'Connor Award, Tea on the Midland and different Stories. He lives in Oxford, the place, till 2012, he edited Modern Poetry in Translation together with his spouse Helen.

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The Dark Valley by Aksel Bakunts

By Aksel Bakunts

This ebook is made of 18 brief tales depicting provincial existence within the early years of Soviet Armenia.

It has been translated into English from Armenian through Nairi Hakhverdi with a old creation through Dr. Victoria Rowe.

`Almost untouched and wild' Aksel Bakunts's (1899-1937) darkish Valley
resembles `one of these forgotten areas from an period whilst mankind did
not exist and the fossilised dinosaur felt as loose because the endure does in
our days (p13, p140)'. It used to be from in the villages of this valley
nestled in distant mountainous areas of jap Armenia that Bakunts
fashioned this, his first, quantity of brief tales. released in 1927
they unearth dramas of maimed lives, deep sorrows, misplaced loves, wounded
spirits and unhappy remembrances, the inventive excellence of which is
conveyed during this considerable English translation by way of Nairi Hakhverdi that
adds to that advantageous physique of Armenian literature being made to be had to
English readers through Taderon Press and its affiliates on the Gomidas
Institute. - evaluation at Armenian information community / Groong 04/13/2010

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Tourist Season: Stories by Enid Shomer

By Enid Shomer

In Tourist Season, award-winning writer Enid Shomer bargains ten very good, richly unique unforgettable tales of resilient ladies, elderly seventeen to seventy, every one at a pivotal element in her lifestyles. Their trips pass distances of position and brain: A middle-aged Floridian who learns that she is the reincarnation of a Buddhist saint takes bold steps on her route to enlightenment; a long-buried mystery forces one girl to depart the daughter she deeply loves; a Radcliffe pupil faces stunning kin truths and taboos in the course of the summer season of 1966; an unforeseen kinship types among girls who land in a county reformatory after an expedition to Las Vegas. those tourists wander via moving emotional landscapes of affection, intercourse, and relationships, and sometimes leave out the locations they'd needed to reach--of perception, connection, and figuring out. even if traveling to new geographical locales or exploring uncharted own terrain, Tourist Season offers a provocative, attractive, and infrequently funny street map of the center and soul.

"[When examining Enid Shomer's stories,] the article one speedy senses is the desire and the voice, somebody asserting, in influence, 'Relax, be cozy, I'm going to take excellent care of you.' those are very fantastic stories."
--James Salter, in Imaginary Men

"Beautifully made, outstanding and inevitable, splendidly creative and deeply precise, those tales are jam-packed with small, irreverent, straight-faced miracles. they'll lead ladies of every age to suspect that the simplest can be but to come."
--Pam Houston, writer of Cowboys Are My Weakness and Sight Hound

From the alternate Paperback edition.

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Rock and Roll Heaven: A Trio of Uncollected Stories by T. C. Boyle

By T. C. Boyle


A trio of uncollected tales from early in T. C. Boyle’s profession, Rock and Roll Heaven exhibits the entire features that had humans serious about Boyle from the beginning—great rules, excellent writing choked with wit, black humor, and knowledge. those 3 tales have been released in journals yet haven't been integrated as of but in any of Boyle’s brief tale collections. mixed the following, all Boyle enthusiasts have quick access to interpreting them now.

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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

By Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an getting older former punk rocker and list govt, and Sasha, the passionate, stricken younger girl he employs. even supposing Bennie and Sasha by no means detect every one other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate aspect, besides the key lives of a number of different characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over a long time, in locales as assorted as big apple, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa.

We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist’s sofa in ny urban, confronting her long-standing compulsion to thieve. Later, we research the genesis of her turmoil once we see her because the baby of a violent marriage, then as a runaway residing in Naples, then as a faculty pupil attempting to circumvent the suicidal impulses of her ally. We plunge into the hidden yearnings and disappointments of her uncle, an paintings historian caught in a useless marriage, who travels to Naples to extract Sasha from the city’s demimonde and reports an epiphany of his personal whereas gazing a sculpture of Orpheus and Eurydice within the Museo Nazionale. We meet Bennie Salazar on the depression nadir of his grownup life—divorced, suffering to hook up with his nine-year-old son, hearing a washed-up band within the basement of a suburban house—and then revisit him in 1979, on the top of his early life, shy and delicate, reveling in San Francisco’s punk scene as he discovers his ardor for rock and roll and his reward for recognizing expertise. We research what grew to become of his highschool gang—who thrived and who faltered—and we come upon Lou Kline, Bennie’s catastrophically careless mentor, besides the enthusiasts and youngsters left in the back of within the wake of Lou’s far-flung sexual conquests and meteoric upward push and fall.

A stopover at from the Goon Squad
is a publication concerning the interaction of time and tune, approximately survival, in regards to the stirrings and variations set inexorably in movement by means of even the main passing conjunction of our fates. In a wide ranging array of types and tones starting from tragedy to satire to PowerPoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that all of us needs to both grasp or succumb to; the elemental human starvation for redemption; and the common tendency to arrive for both—and get away the cruel development of time—in the transporting nation-states of paintings and song. Sly, startling, exhilarating paintings from one among our boldest writers.

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Servants of the Map by Andrea Barrett

By Andrea Barrett

Ranging throughout centuries, and from the western Himalaya to an Adirondack village, those splendidly imagined tales and novellas trip the territories of craving and awakening, of loss and unforeseen discovery. A mapper of the top mountain peaks realizes his actual obsession. a tender girl afire with clinical interest needs to come to phrases with a romantic fable. Brothers and sisters, torn aside at an early age, are beset by means of goals of reunion. all through, Barrett's such a lot attribute theme-the happenings in that borderland among technological know-how and desire-unfolds within the different lives of unforgettable people. even if each one richly layered story stands independently, readers of "Ship Fever" (National e-book Award winner) and Barrett's notable novel "The Voyage of the Narwhal," will realize sophisticated hyperlinks either between those new tales and to characters within the past works.

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