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  • 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...

  • 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...