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  • Country of Coldby Kevin Patterson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.00

    Set in the beautiful, often uncompromising isolation of the central plains of North America, Kevin Patterson?s haunting stories explore the extent to which geography is destiny. In "Les is More" an overweight bartender determines to break the monotony of his life by curling up in a steel barrel and going over the local waterfalls. In "The Perseid Shower"... more...

  • 33 Moments of Happinessby Ingo Schulze

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    An intriguing, fabulously bizarre debut collection of short stories by prize-winning German writer Ingo Schulze, author of Simple Stories . These thirty-three macabre, often comical short pieces revolve around moments of odd bliss?moments seized by characters who have found ways to conquer the bleakness of everyday life in the chaotic world of... more...

  • Elementalsby A. S. Byatt

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00

    From the booker Prize-winning author of Possession comes this richly imaginitive story collection that transports the reader to a world where opposites--passion and loneliness, betrayal and loyalty, fire and ice--clash and converge. A beautiful ice maiden risks her life when she falls in love with a desert prince, whose passionate touches scorch... more...

  • Dream Stuffby David Malouf

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.00

    Here are nine haunting stories from the award-winning author of Remembering Babylon , in which history and geography, as well as the past and the present, combine and often collide, illuminating the landscape and revealing the character of Australia. An eleven-year-old boy sees his father in his own elongated shadow only to realize that he will not... more...

  • Getting a Lifeby Helen Simpson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.00

    Hilarious, dark, and thoroughly entertaining, Getting a Life proves Helen Simpson to be one of the finest observers of women on the edge. Set in and around contemporary London, these nine stories explore both the blisses and irritations of domestic life. An ambitious teenager vows never to settle for any of the adult lives she sees around her. Two... more...

  • Flights of Loveby Bernhard Schlink

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00

    Bernhard Schlink brings to these seven superbly crafted stories the same sleek concision and moral acuity that made The Reader an international bestseller. His characters?men with importunate appetites and unfortunate habits of deception?are uneasily suspended between the desire for love and the impulse toward flight. A young boy?s fascination with... more...

  • The Darts of Cupidby Edith Templeton

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.00

    When Edith Templeton?s stories began appearing in The New Yorker in the late 1950s, she quickly became a favorite of the magazine?s discerning readers. Her finely honed writing, honestly drawn heroines, and distinctive themes secured her reputation. The Dart?s of Cupid collects seven of Templeton?s stories for the first time and reintroduces... more...

  • Venetian Storiesby Jane Turner Rylands

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00

    In these brilliantly realized, linked tales, the real Venice is revealed ? not the iconic tourist destination the city has become, but the mysterious society that resides behind its elegant doors and shuttered windows. With a sly and affectionate delicacy, Jane Turner Rylands, an American expatriate who has lived in Venice for thirty years, portrays... more...

  • Nice Big American Babyby Judy Budnitz

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.95

    A blazingly original, profoundly moving new work of fiction by a writer whose world?and imagination?knows no boundaries. ?I don?t know what planet Judy Budnitz comes from,? said Newsweek on the publication of her fiction debut, Flying Leap, ?but I?m happy to have her. Tremendous . . . funny, dark, adventurous, slanted, and enchanted.? These twelve... more...

  • Indelible Actsby A. L. Kennedy

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.00

    The love story (as well as the story of love lost, obsessed over, or longed for) gets a complete and thrilling renovation at the hands of the most virtuosic literary stylist to appear in the British Isles since Jeanette Winterson. A. L. Kennedy?s men and women huddle in foreign hotel rooms, immobilized by travel-sickness and betrayal. They plan seductions... more...