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  • Farley Brothers Drugs & Sundriesby Kathryn North

    Hard Shell Word Factory 2004; US$ 5.50

    Laughter and a tear or two await readers of these dozen stories. Allie attempts to seduce her clueless husband of thirty-some years. Dale struggles to be a good daddy to two children who are not legally his. Studs manages to lose a hearse, the corpse still inside. more...

  • Expect the Unexpectedby John A. Broussard

    Bitingduck Press 2006; US$ 2.99

    The lovely, lonely princess wandered along the edge of a pond thinking about finding a mate, but her father’s kingdom was poor, and no noble had ever asked for her hand. Suddenly a large bullfrog jumped up on the bank and said, “Kiss me and you will find a mate.” “What do I have to lose?” thought the princess, as she stooped down and kissed the frog.... more...

  • Every Night Is Ladies' Nightby Michael Jaime-Becerra

    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...

  • Drasticby Maud Casey

    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...

  • Brief Encounters with Che Guevaraby Ben Fountain

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.19

    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...

  • Let's Doby Rebecca Meacham

    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...

  • Echoes of Ellenby BF Oswald

    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...

  • Confessions of a Falling Womanby Debra Dean

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 7.99

    Ten masterworks of short fiction—by turns tender, comic, powerful, and devastating—from the highly praised author of The Madonnas of Leningrad A surprised Southern matriarch is confronted by her family at an intervention. . . . A life-altering break-in triggers insomniac introspection in a desperate actor. . . . Streetwise New York City neighbors... more...

  • Nocturnal Americaby John Keeble

    University of Nebraska Press 2006; US$ 26.95

    A collection of short stories that tell the story of community, the difficulty of love, and the pain of loss. 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...