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By Max Brand. 1998
Three short westerns originally written for magazines, including The Blackness of MacTee, The King of Rats: A Reata Story, and… The Gauntlet. In all three, rugged frontiersmen are frustrated by their encounters with women, some of whom lead them astray or dodge their offerings of love. Some violence. 1998.
By Roxane Gay. 2017
The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by… past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls' fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbours conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry and haunting vision of modern America. 2017. Uniform title: Short stories.
By Carol Shields. 2000
By Mary Soderstrom. 2013
Soderstrom’s characters put themselves in peril by straying from expected or safe avenues. In “Ancient Faults,” danger, both natural and… man-made, is narrowly escaped, or at least deferred. In “Wrong Address,” a young musician considers two life paths, one fairly conventional, the other exotic. There are stories of travel, both physical and emotional, and stories that examine the consequences of going to extremes. 2013.
By Neil Bissoondath. 1985
Focusing on contemporary themes of dislocation, revolution and the shifting politics of the third world, the author voices the stories… of people in the grip of circumstances beyond their control: political change, restraints of tradition and society, the alienation of the immigrant, and the despair of the refugee. 1985.
By Nancy Lee. 2002
A hand model's strange and troubled bond with her ailing father is revealed though an inventory of her body parts.… A marriage is tested as a mother struggles to cope with the disappearance of her prostitute daughter, while two angry women in a mini-van search for catharsis as they rampage through the night. Linked by the background narrative of a serial killer's arrest in Vancouver, these dark short stories of emotional wagers, discovery and loss reveal the desires and delusions that compel us to do the things we do. Some descriptions of sex and strong language. 2002.
By Thomas Steinbeck. 2003
Thomas Steinbeck now follows in his father's footsteps with a story collection. Down to a Soundless Sea resonates with the… history and culture of California, recalling vivid details of life in Monterey County from the turn of the century through the 1930's. 2003.
By Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. 1998
The stories in this collection span two worlds - the restless, aspiring society of New York's Upper East side, and… the world of India's capital city, New Delhi, where the old India is giving way to one powered by industry and property development. A rich cast of characters inhabits these stories - Indian businessmen, holy women, students, society hostesses and ambitious young politicians; New Yorkers preoccupied with money yet in search of meaning, struggling with their longings and failures and complicated sex lives. 1998.
By Salman Rushdie. 1994
Salman Rushdie, in his first collection of short stories, looks at his two worlds: their intimacy and distance, their shared… history, and the misunderstandings both tragic and comic that separate and bind them. A rickshaw driver dreams of being a movie star; Hollywood icons acquire magic powers; India diplomats must go into a world of conspiracy and violence; and Hamlet's jester is caught up in murderous intrigues. East and West form a hybrid world where an Indian's guru can be a Welshman, and women must choose between love and home. 1994.
By James Joyce, Terence Brown. 1992
Fifteen stories evoke the character, atmosphere, and people of Dublin at the turn of the century. Terence Brown suggests that… "this book is rooted in an intensely accurate apprehension of the detail of Dublin life". 1992, c1914.
By Jorge Luis Borges, Norman Thomas Di Giovanni. 1976
By Italo Calvino. 1983
This collection of stories follows the individual adventures of a varied cast of characters. As well as the eleven tales… from his "Difficult Loves" collection this volume also includes "Smog" and "A Plunge into Real Estate". 1983.
By Timothy Findley. 1984
The stories range from the powerful, haunting "Lemonade", where a young boy's world is shattered by his mother's self-destruction, to… the title story, an unusual journey into the complexities of modern relationships. 1984. (Penguin short fiction)
By Alice Munro. 2013
Fourteen short stories by Man Booker International Prize-winner Munro, including four semi-autobiographic tales set in Ontario. In "Train" a war… veteran returns and moves in with an older farm woman for decades. In "Haven" a young teenager lives with relatives while her parents teach abroad. Bestseller. 2012.
By Sam Shepard. 2010
Highways, rundown motels, Muzak-plagued franchises, bars, and beaches, snowstorms and blistering heat; these are the settings and circumstances in Shepard's… new book of entwined short stories. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some descriptions of violence. c2010.
By Bonnie Jo Campbell. 2010
Fourteen short stories set in rural Michigan, where poverty, drugs, and lack of opportunity plague the residents. In "The Trespasser"… weekenders arrive at their cabin to find that it has been used as a meth lab. Includes violence and strong language. 2010.
By Oscar Casares. 2009
By Lee Smith. 2000
This collection of nine stories, ranging from poignant ballads to delightfully inventive forms, will make you chuckle and leave you… with a satisfying sense that no matter how unruly or warped life may seem, equilibrium can be found after all. 2000.
By Anne Tyler, Shannon Ravenel. 2006
By Sheila Fischman, Lise Bissonnette. 1998
The thread of cruelty runs through these short stories, translated from the French. They convey the betrayal inherent in love… stories, try to dispel all illusions, and approve of malice as a state of grace. And they describe final vengeance as often forging the most lasting ties between people. 1998. Uniform title: Quittes et doubles.