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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...