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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...

  • Nice Big American Babyby Judy Budnitz

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.95

    A blazingly original, profoundly moving new work of fiction by a writer whose world?and imagination?knows no boundaries. ?I don?t know what planet Judy Budnitz comes from,? said Newsweek on the publication of her fiction debut, Flying Leap, ?but I?m happy to have her. Tremendous . . . funny, dark, adventurous, slanted, and enchanted.? These twelve... more...

  • Mona and Other Talesby Reinaldo Arenas; Dolores M. Koch

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00

    Mona and Other Tales covers Reinaldo Arenas's entire career: his recently rediscovered debut (which got him a job at the Biblioteca Nacional in Havana), stories written in a political prison, and some of his last works, written in exile. Many of the stories have not previously appeared in English. Here is the tender story of a boy who recognizes... more...

  • The Cage Keeperby Andre Dubus

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.95

    Passion and betrayal, violent desperation, ambivalent love that hinges on hatred, and the quest for acceptance by those who stand on the edge of society-these are the hard-hitting themes of a stunningly crafted first collection of stories by the bestselling author of House of Sand and Fog . A vigilant young man working in a halfway house finds... 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...

  • Animal Crackersby Hannah Tinti

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.00

    With bravura storytelling, daring imagination, and fierce narrative control, this dazzling debut introduces that rare writer who finds humanity in our most unconventional behavior, and the humor beneath our darkest impulses. In these ten strange, funny, and unnerving stories, animals become the litmus test of our deepest fears and longings. In the... more...

  • The Train to Lo Wuby Jess Row

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.00

    The characters in Jess Row?s remarkable fiction inhabit ?a city that can be like a mirage, hovering above the ground: skyscrapers built on mountainsides, islands swallowed in fog for days.? This is Hong Kong, where a Chinese girl and her American teacher explore the ?blindness? of bats in an effort to locate the ghost of her suicidal mother; an American... more...