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  • The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowaby Elizabeth Stuckey-French

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.00

    With the stories in her first collection, Elizabeth Stuckey-French establishes herself as a smart new voice in American fiction and stakes her claim to a territory somewhere on the edge of stability, where normal is not just boring but nearly impossible, and where standing out in a crowd may just cause isolation. Her characters, mostly Midwesterners,... more...

  • Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Sunsby J. California Cooper

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.95

    J. California Cooper?s irresistible collection of new stories explores the universal themes of romance, family, and the hopes that propel people?s dreams. In ?As Time Goes By? a young woman singlemindedly pursues material wealth, only to suffer from an empty heart. ?Catch a Falling Heart? tells of a slyly arranged marriage, and ?The Eye of the Beholder?... more...

  • Don't Cryby Mary Gaitskill

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    Mary Gaitskill returns with a luminous new collection of stories?her first in more than ten years. In ?College Town l980,? young people adrift in Ann Arbor debate the meaning of personal strength at the start of the Reagan era; in the urban fairy tale ?Mirrorball,? a young man steals a girl?s soul during a one-night stand; in ?The Little Boy,? a woman... more...

  • Sister Crazyby Emma Richler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.00

    The sprawling Weiss family--as recalled by Jemima, the middle child in Emma Richler?s amazing debut--live an almost idyllic existence. The feeling among the siblings is so palpable that we cannot help but share the acute nostalgia Jem experiences as she emerges from childhood. In a darkly humorous voice she tells of playing elaborate war games with... more...

  • 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...

  • How We Are Hungryby Dave Eggers

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00

    Dave Eggers and his wife live in Northern California. He edits a magazine, McSweeney's , and teaches at 826 Valencia in San Francisco.www.mcsweeneys.net more...

  • Videoby Meera Nair

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.00

    The ten exquisitely crafted stories in Video introduce a gifted new writer whose straight-forward, elegant prose and bewitching storytelling talent combine in brilliant miniatures of contemporary Indian life. In the title story, an Indian man?s chance exposure to a Western-style porn film affects not only his marriage?his wife hides for hours, then... 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...

  • 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...