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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...