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  • What Salmon Knowby Elwood Reid

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.00

    Compared by critics to such masterful storytellers as Raymond Carver, Rick Bass, and Thom Jones, Elwood Reid, author of the acclaimed novel If I Don't Six , signals a powerful presence on the American literary landscape with his knockout story collection, What Salmon Know . Reid's characters are tough men living in a world tougher than they are.... more...

  • Kick in the Headby Steven Rinehart

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.00

       In stories that are as diverting as they are disconcerting, Steven Rinehart plumbs the psyche of that most perplexing beast: the American male. Set against a stark Midwestern landscape dotted with trailers, guns, cars, and crashed, these are deftly crafted and oddly resonant portraits of men behaving badly and men who have it bad?usually at the... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Field Studyby Rachel Seiffert

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.00

    Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room , powerfully evokes our need for human connection in this dazzling and haunting group of stories. Set against immense political upheaval, or evoking the intimate struggles between men and women, parents and children, this astonishing collection charts our desire for love, our fragility, and our strength.... more...

  • God Lives in St. Petersburgby Tom Bissell

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    Young Americans abroad in Central Asia find themselves pushed to their limits in these acclaimed, prize-winning stories by one of our most exciting and talented new authors. Combining bleak humor, ironic insight, deep compassion, and unflinching moral and ethical inquiry, Tom Bissell gives us a gripping collection that is both timeless and profoundly... more...