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- Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 12.00
Her father is gone for good?not on a business trip like her mother said?and Annie knows it. Her little brother, Gus, might believe that he?ll come back, but Annie is too sharp, too observant, to believe this comforting lie. In their little house by the shore of Lake Michigan, where everything is the same and yet not, Annie, Gus, and their dreamy, beautiful... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.95
Set against the backdrop of the Deep South, these nine haunting stories explore big themes?authenticity, the relinquishing of childhood, the acceptance of dreams lost?in a way that ultimately affirms the act of living and the value of human relationships. In ?Giving Up the Ghost,? a man sits beside a fatal car wreck to share the last moments of a stranger?s... more...
- HarperCollins 2009; US$ 6.99
Meet the college graduate working in a whole body?donation clinic; a young woman obsessed with Benedictine monks; a middle-aged woman who becomes a stand-in talk-show guest; unlikely friends who meet in a domestic violence shelter; a young girl and the father who stole her away to escape his wife's mental illness; a graduate student from a suburban... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.95
Peering into the often unnoticed corners of life, Kevin Brockmeier has been consistently praised for the originality of his vision, the boundlessness of his imagination and the command of his craft. Once again, in this new collection of fiction, Brockmeier shows us a fantastical world that is intimately familiar but somehow distant and beautiful.... more...
- HarperCollins 2009; US$ 7.99
With a cast of characters so vivid they seem to leap from the page, this collection of linked short stories offers a portrait of individuals aching to find their place in an indifferent world. The characters who inhabit these stories -- teenagers, beauty queens, race car drivers, and even grandfathers -- fall in love, strive to make ends meet, or... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 19.00
Scott Snyder?s protagonists inhabit a playfully deranged fictional world in which a Wall Street trader can find himself armed with a speargun, guarding a Dumpster outside a pawnshop in Florida; or an employee at Niagara Falls (his job: watching for jumpers) will take off in a car after a blimp in which his girlfriend has escaped. But in Snyder?s wondrous... more...
- HarperCollins 2009; US$ 9.99
The well-intentioned protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara are caught -- to both disastrous and hilarious effect -- in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them. In "Near-Extinct Birds of the Central Cordillera," an ornithologist being held hostage in the Colombian rain forest finds that he respects his captors... more...
- University of North Texas Press 2004; US$ 10.36
In the nine stories of Let's Do, various calamities strike ordinary Midwesterners, who cope with a mixture of good intentions and ineptitude. Balancing humor with painful clarity, author Rebecca Meacham pulls readers into the lives of characters who struggle with - and more often against - change. more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 13.95
In Neil Smith?s nine stories, average people find themselves in decidedly unusual situations, as the mundane and the fantastic collide. A woman mourning the loss of her husband finds solace in talking to his ashes, entombed in a curling stone. The title story zeroes in on a girl with Fred Hoyle syndrome, whose age expands and contracts like the universe.... more...
- SynergEbooks 2007; US$ 5.98
In the process of disposing of his wife?s things, a widower finds three boxes of short stories his wife wrote during their marriage, which he did not know existed. The stories remind him of different times and events in their marriage. As he reads them, he relives their life together. more...