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  • 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...

  • Bang Crunchby Neil Smith

    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...

  • Brief Encounters with Che Guevaraby Ben Fountain

    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...

  • 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...

  • How We Are Hungryby Dave Eggers

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00

    ?These tales reinvigorate?the short story with a jittery sense of adventure.?  ? San Francisco Chronicle Dave Eggers?Pulitzer Prize finalist for A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and author of What Is the What and The Circle, among other books?demonstrates his mastery of the short story. "Another" "What It Means When a Crowd in... 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...

  • 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...