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  • Voodoo Heartby Scott Snyder

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 19.00

    Scott Snyder?s protagonists inhabit a playfully deranged fictional world in which a Wall Street trader can find himself armed with a speargun, guarding a Dumpster outside a pawnshop in Florida; or an employee at Niagara Falls (his job: watching for jumpers) will take off in a car after a blimp in which his girlfriend has escaped. But in Snyder?s wondrous... more...

  • Karma and Other Storiesby Rishi Reddi

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 7.99

    In this sparkling collection, award-winning writer Rishi Reddi weaves a multigenerational tapestry of interconnected lives, depicting members of an Indian American community struggling to balance the demands of tradition with the allure of Western life. In "Lord Krishna," a teenager is offended when his evangelical history teacher likens the Hindu... more...

  • Limbo, and Other Places I Have Livedby Lily Tuck

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 7.99

    In an elegant and penetrating first short-story collection, Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived, Lily Tuck's characters travel to unknown, exotic places and, while there, find themselves deeply immersed in observation -- of the natives, the local customs, the foreign landscape -- in an effort to discern some elemental truth about who they themselves... more...

  • Our Former Lives in Artby Jennifer S. Davis

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.95

    Set against the backdrop of the Deep South, these nine haunting stories explore big themes?authenticity, the relinquishing of childhood, the acceptance of dreams lost?in a way that ultimately affirms the act of living and the value of human relationships. In ?Giving Up the Ghost,? a man sits beside a fatal car wreck to share the last moments of a stranger?s... more...

  • Lucky Girlsby Nell Freudenberger

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 10.49

    These five stories follow young women living far from home, coping with new and often unfamiliar rules, as they confront the compelling circumstances of adult love. The rich, unforgettable tales in this collection, set in Southeast Asia and on the Indian subcontinent, showcase a writer of exceptional talent, one of today's most gifted and exciting... 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...

  • Things You Should Knowby A. M. Homes

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 6.99

    In this stunningly original collection, A. M. Homes writes with terrifying compassion about the things that matter most. Homes's distinctive narrative illuminates our dreams and desires, our memories and losses, and demonstrates how extraordinary the ordinary can be. With uncanny emotional accuracy, wit, and empathy, Homes takes us places we recognize... 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...

  • The View from the Seventh Layerby Kevin Brockmeier

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.95

    Peering into the often unnoticed corners of life, Kevin Brockmeier has been consistently praised for the originality of his vision, the boundlessness of his imagination and the command of his craft. Once again, in this new collection of fiction, Brockmeier shows us a fantastical world that is intimately familiar but somehow distant and beautiful.... 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...