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  • The Possibility of Musicby Stephen-Paul Martin

    University of Alabama Press 2010; US$ 9.95 US$ 8.46

    An exhilarating collection about the limits of language, narrative, and identity. The Possibility of Music is an imaginative reconstruction of America in the early 21st century. What would our post-9/11 society look like if it were viewed through a series of funhouse mirrors? Each of Stephen-Paul Martin ’s stories is a response to this question,... more...

  • My Goat Ate Its Own Legsby Alex Burrett

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 10.39

    In a voice so unfailingly chipper it's suspicious, Alex Burrett poses in fiction some disturbing yet certainly possible futures for the human race (and other ambitious, earthbound mammals). Always ready with an impeccable phrase or a sly wink, he shares stories of the most darkly ironic sort, including a field report from a human abattoir, a chronicle... more...

  • Reasons for and Advantages of Breathingby Lydia Peelle

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    With this first book of fiction, a gifted young writer brings together eight superbly crafted stories that peer deeply into the human heart, exploring lives derailed by the loss of a vital connection to the land and to the natural world of which they are a part. "Mule Killers" evokes the end of an era and of a grandfather's dreams when he decides... more...

  • Reasons for and Advantages of Breathingby Lydia Peelle

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    In "Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing", a young woman becomes fascinated with reptiles and finds a way to relate them to her life. more...

  • Kidding Seasonby Lydia Peelle

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 4.99

    In "Kidding Season", a young man named Charlie gets caught up living at a farm for a few months, an experience more important than he expected. more...

  • Mule Killersby Lydia Peelle

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 4.99

    "Mule Killers" evokes the end of an era and of a grandfather's dreams when he decides to replace animal power with tractors on his farm. more...

  • Phantom Painby Lydia Peelle

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 4.99

    In "Phantom Pain," the Tennessee woods are a sliver of what they once were, where men now hunt with GPS and cell phones, and the rumor of a dangerous panther on the loose stirs up a small town. more...

  • Shadow on a Weary Landby Lydia Peelle

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 4.99

    The narrator of "Shadow on a Weary Land" imagines the many lives that have been lived over the years on Brown's Ridge—from the teeming wildlife that once roamed the land to Jesse and Frank James, who settled there, to the farmers recently pushed out by the imminent rise of a housing development. These ghosts from the past haunt the narrator and his... more...

  • Sweethearts of the Rodeoby Lydia Peelle

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 4.99

    Two restless young girls in "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" live out their last summer of innocence, riding ponies recklessly and spying on their boss. more...

  • The Still Pointby Lydia Peelle

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 4.99

    In "The Still Point", Lydia Peelle tells the story of a man stuck in the routine of life while traveling with a carnival. more...