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By Zalika Reid-Benta. 2019
Kara Davis is a girl caught in the middle -- of her Canadian nationality and her desire to be a… "true" Jamaican, of her mother and grandmother's rages and life lessons, of having to avoid being thought of as too "faas" or too "quiet" or too "bold" or too "soft." Set in "Little Jamaica," Toronto's Eglinton West neighbourhood, Kara moves from girlhood to the threshold of adulthood, from elementary school to high school graduation, in these twelve interconnected stories. We see her on a visit to Jamaica, startled by the sight of a severed pig's head in her great aunt's freezer; in junior high, the victim of a devastating prank by her closest friends; and as a teenager in and out of her grandmother's house, trying to cope with the ongoing battles between her unyielding grandparents. A rich and unforgettable portrait of growing up between worlds, Frying Plantain shows how, in one charged moment, friendship and love can turn to enmity and hate, well-meaning protection can become control, and teasing play can turn to something much darker. In her brilliantly incisive debut, Zalika Reid-Benta artfully depicts the tensions between mothers and daughters, second-generation Canadians and first-generation cultural expectations, and Black identity and predominately white society.
By Téa Mutonji. 2019
In this story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness… inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic. These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator's experience as an involuntary one. Tinged with pathos and humour, they interrogate the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed. 2019.
By K. D. Miller. 2018
A collection of linked short stories inspired by the paintings of Alex Colville. Each character appears in at least two… of the stories, in a greater or lesser role. The most common link is a ghost who directly or indirectly "haunts" the book throughout. There is more than a hint of the uncanny in some of the stories, and a strong whiff of the gothic. At its lightest, this book is dark, reflecting the edgy, distrubing quality found in much of Alex Colville's work. The common theme is the vulnerability of the elder heart. Many of the characters are aged sixty and up. Inwardly, however, they are ageless--yearning for each other sexually and emotionally, falling in and out of love, forming new ties or rediscovering old ones. Not all characters are human - a dog, a horse, and an octopus play small but pivotal roles. Death is a constant, taking both peaceful and violent forms. Its presence renders the characters' lives and relationships all the more poignant for being ephemeral. 2018.
By Cynthia Flood. 1987
By Kris Bertin. 2019
A woman becomes obsessed with a story about her family from 1890--when a naked, mute girl stumbled onto their property--and… whether or not it really happened. A self-help guru and his chief strategist take their most affluent and unstable clients on a harrowing nature hike that destroys their company. A young convict in a prison creative writing class chronicles the rise and fall of his cellblock's resident peacemaker. A rural neighbourhood becomes obsessed by the coming of a strange and powerful new homeowner who is in the middle of reinventing herself. The stories of Use Your Imagination! are about stories, about the way we define and give shape to ourselves through all kinds of narratives, true or not. In six long stories, Kris Bertin examines the complex labyrinth of lies, delusions, compromise, and fabrication that makes up our personal history and mythology. 2019.
By Elise Levine. 2019
A collection filled with complicated people longing for independence from the scripts of the past. From a sniping road-tripping couple… in the desert to a cantankerous divinity-school candidate on the prairies to a frustrated cop in a cave in the south of France, This Wicked Tongue showcases the gritty and the sublime. 2019.
By David Bezmozgis. 2019
In the title story, a father and his young daughter stumble into a bizarre version of his immigrant childhood. A… mysterious tech conference brings a writer to Montreal where he discovers new designs on the past in "How it Used to Be." A grandfather's Yiddish letters expose a love affair and a wartime secret in "Little Rooster." In "Roman's Song," Roman's desire to help a new immigrant brings him into contact with a sordid underworld. At his father's request, Victor returns to Riga, the city of his birth, and has his loyalties tested by the man he might have been in "A New Gravestone for an Old Grave." And, in the noir-inspired "The Russian Riviera," Kostya leaves Russia to pursue a boxing career only to find himself working as a doorman in a garish nightclub in the Toronto suburbs.
By Anosh Irani. 2019
In these stories we meet: a swimming instructor determined to reenact John Cheever's iconic short story "The Swimmer" in the… pools of Mumbai; a famous chef who, overcome by a devastating childhood memory, melts down during an appearance on a New York talk show; a gangster's wife who is convinced she's found the reincarnation of a lost loved one in a penguin from the Mumbai zoo; an illegal immigrant in North Vancouver who is drawn into a pick-up cricket game that may decide his fate. These are just some of the extraordinary characters that animate this wildly imaginative collection of tales about people caught between two worlds: India and Canada. 2019.
By David Szalay. 2019
From the acclaimed, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of All That Man Is, a stunning, virtuosic novel about twelve people, mostly… strangers, and the surprising ripple effect each one has on the life of the next as they cross paths while in transit around the world.A woman strikes up a conversation with the man sitting next to her on a plane after some turbulence. He returns home to tragic news that has also impacted another stranger, a shaken pilot on his way to another continent who seeks comfort from a journalist he meets that night. Her life shifts subtly as well, before she heads to the airport on an assignment that will shift more lives in turn.In this wondrous, profoundly moving novel, Szalay's diverse protagonists circumnavigate the planet in twelve flights, from London to Madrid, from Dakar to Sao Paulo, to Toronto, to Delhi, to Doha, en route to see lovers or estranged siblings, aging parents, baby grandchildren, or nobody at all. Along the way, they experience the full range of human emotions from loneliness to love and, knowingly or otherwise, change each other in one brief, electrifying interaction after the next.Written with magic and economy and beautifully exploring the delicate, crisscrossed nature of relationships today, Turbulence is a dazzling portrait of the interconnectedness of the modern world.
By Marianne Micros. 2018
Myth, folklore, and magic permeate the stories in Marianne Micros' collection Eye. Set in ancient and modern Greece, and in… contemporary Europe and North America, these tales tell of evil-eye curses, women healers, ghosts, a changeling, and people struggling to retain or gain power in a world of changing beliefs. Here you will find stories of a nymph transformed into a heifer, a young soldier who returns home to discover that his brother is a changeling, an ancient temple uncovered during the construction of a church, a betrayed woman lost in a labyrinth, a wise woman confronting changes to her position when modern technology comes to her village. Some stories show that people still seek refuge in myth and folk beliefs; the ways of the past are not gone. The paving of a village does not destroy the power of the evil eye or the ability to repel it. A temple in honour of the old gods comes again to the surface. An unfinished musical composition for piano magically completes itself whenever it is played. Magic is not dead but rises again in unexpected ways.
By Batuta Ribeiro, Eviano George. 2017
By Jessica Sequeira, Sara Gallardo. 2018
Dazzling hallucinatory stories by Sara Gallardo a rediscovered Argentinian contemporary of Garc a M rquez never… before published in EnglishThese stunning stories by Sara Gallardo astonish overwhelm and illuminate Deeply real they are also shot through with the supernatural Every muscular musical story reveals the way that the habits of everyday life can become unknowable and unpredictable Recently rediscovered Sara Gallardo is a major Latin American writer whose stories recall the masters of magical realism - but maintain a domestic whimsical atmosphere all of their own
By Lu Xun. 2001
Call to Arms is a collection of revolutionary Chinese writer Lu Xun s most famous and most important short stories… Featuring A Madman s Diary a scathing attack of traditional Confucian civilization and The True Story of Ah Q a poignant satire about the hypocrisy of Chinese national character and the first work written entirely in the Chinese vernacular Together this collection exposes a contradictory legacy of cosmopolitan independence polemical fractiousness and anxious patriotism that continues to resonate in Chinese intellectual life today
By David Peace. 2018
The acclaimed author of Occupied City, Tokyo Year Zero, and The Red Riding Quartet now gives us a stunning work… of fiction in twelve connected tales that take up the strange, brief life of the brilliant twentieth-century Japanese writer Ryūnosuke Akutagawa.Haunting and evocative, brutal and surreal, these twelve connected tales evoke the life of the Japanese writer Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927), whose short story "In the Grove" served as an inspiration for Akira Kurosawa's famous film Rashōmon, and whose narrative use of multiple perspectives and different versions of a single event influenced generations of storytellers. Writing out of his own obsession with Akutagawa, David Peace delves into the known facts and events of the writer's life and inner world--birth to a mother who was mentally ill and a father who died shortly thereafter; his own battles with mental illness; his complicated reaction to the beginnings of modernization and Westernization of Japan; his short but prolific writing career; his suicide at the age of thirty-five--and creates a stunningly atmospheric and deeply moving fiction that tells its own story of a singularly brilliant mind.
By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anne Margaret Daniel. 2017
A collection including the last complete unpublished short stories by F Scott Fitzgerald the iconic American writer of… The Great Gatsby who is more widely read today than ever I d Die For You is a collection of the last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories by F Scott Fitzgerald edited by Anne Margaret Daniel Fitzgerald did not design the stories in I d Die For You as a collection Most were submitted individually to major magazines during the 1930s and accepted for publication during Fitzgerald s lifetime but were never printed Some were written as movie scenarios and sent to studios or producers but not filmed Others are stories that could not be sold because their subject matter or style departed from what editors expected of Fitzgerald They date from the earliest days of Fitzgerald s career to the last They come from various sources from libraries to private collections including those of Fitzgerald s family Readers will experience Fitzgerald writing about controversial topics depicting young men and women who actually spoke and thought more as young men and women did without censorship Rather than permit changes and sanitizing by his contemporary editors Fitzgerald preferred to let his work remain unpublished even at a time when he was in great need of money and review attention I d Die For You the collection s title story is drawn from Fitzgerald s stays in the mountains of North Carolina when his health and that of his wife Zelda was falling apart With the addition of a Hollywood star and film crew to the Smoky Mountain lakes and pines Fitzgerald brings in the cinematic world in which he would soon be living Most of the stories printed here come from this time period during the middle and late1930s though the collection spans Fitzgerald s career from 1920 to the end of his life The book is subtitled And Other Lost Stories in recognition of an absence until now Some of the eighteen stories were physically lost coming to light only in the past few years All were lost in one sense or another lost in the painful shuffle of the difficulties of Fitzgerald s life in the middle 1930s lost to readers because contemporary editors did not understand or accept what he was trying to write lost because archives are like that and good things can wait patiently in libraries for many centuries sometimes I d Die For You And Other Lost Stories echoes as well the nostalgia and elegy in Gertrude Stein s famous phrase a lost generation that generation for whom Fitzgerald was a leading figure Written in his characteristically beautiful sharp and surprising language exploring themes both familiar and fresh these stories provide new insight into the bold and uncompromising arc of Fitzgerald s career I d Die For You is a revealing intimate look at Fitzgerald s creative process that shows him to be a writer working at the fore of modern literature in all its developing complexities
By Ann Beattie. 2017
A magnificent new collection from award-winning author Ann Beattie featuring recent O Henry Pushcart and… Best American Short Story selections Surprising and revealing set along the East Coast from Maine to Key West Ann Beattie s astutely observed new collection explores unconventional friendships frustrated loves mortality and aging One theme of The Accomplished Guest is people paying visits or receiving visitors traveling to see old friends the joys and tolls of hosting company and of being hosted The occasion might be a wedding a birthday a reunion an annual Christmas party or another opportunity to gather and attempt to bond with biological relatives or chosen families In some stories as in life what begins as a benign social event becomes a situation played for high stakes The stories in The Accomplished Guest are marked by an undercurrent of loss and an unexpected element of violence with Beattie s signature mordant humor woven throughout Some characters provide welcome diversions others are uninvited interruptions all are indelibly drawn by the endlessly amusing and accomplished Ann Beattie Beattie s debut collection Distortions was published forty years ago but her writing is as fresh funny and relevant as ever She is a national treasure the author of short stories that will endure and continue to inspire Jay McInerney The New York Times Book Review
By Ann Beattie. 2015
From a multiple prize-winning master of the short form a stunning collection of brand-new linked stories that perfectly… capture the zeitgeist through the voices of vivid and engaging women from adolescence to old age We build worlds for ourselves wherever we go writes Ann Beattie The State We re In her magnificent new collection of linked stories is about how we live in the places we have chosen--or been chosen by It s about the stories we tell our families our friends and ourselves the truths we may or may not see how our affinities unite or repel us and where we look for love Many of these stories are set in Maine but The State We re In is about more than geographical location and certainly is not a picture postcard of the coastal state Some characters have arrived by accident others are trying to get out The collection opens closes and is interlaced with stories that focus on Jocelyn a wryly disaffected teenager living with her aunt and uncle while attending summer school As in life the narratives of other characters interrupt Jocelyn s sometimes challenging sometimes embellishing her view Riveting witty sly idiosyncratic and bold these stories describe a state of mind a manner of being--now A Beattie story says Margaret Atwood is like a fresh bulletin from the front we snatch it up eager to know what s happening out there on the edge of that shifting and dubious no-man s-land known as interpersonal relations The State We re In is a fearless exploration of contemporary life by a brilliant writer whose fiction startles as it illuminates
By Megan Mayhew Bergman. 2015
From a top-notch emerging writer with a crisp and often poetic voice and wily intelligent humor … The Boston Globe a collection of stories that explores the lives of talented gutsy women throughout history The fascinating lives of the characters in Almost Famous Women have mostly been forgotten but their stories are burning to be told Now Megan Mayhew Bergman author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise resurrects these women lets them live in the reader s imagination so we can explore their difficult choices Nearly every story in this dazzling collection is based on a woman who attained some celebrity--she raced speed boats or was a conjoined twin in show business a reclusive painter of renown a member of the first all-female integrated swing band We see Lord Byron s illegitimate daughter Allegra Oscar Wilde s troubled niece Dolly West With the Night author Beryl Markham Edna St Vincent Millay s sister Norma These extraordinary stories travel the world explore the past and delve into the future and portray fiercely independent women defined by their acts of bravery creative impulses and sometimes reckless decisions The world hasn t always been kind to unusual women but through Megan Mayhew Bergman s alluring depictions they finally receive the attention they deserve Almost Famous Women is a gorgeous collection from an accomplished writer of short fiction Booklist
By Susan Isaacs. 2013
Compromising Positions's Judith Singer is back in a story that delivers plenty of Susan Isaacs's renowned wit and sharp-eyed observations… of the contemporary scene--along with a riveting mystery!Chic Vanessa Giddings, founder and CEO of Panache, the largest employment agency on Long Island, falls into a coma in the designer shoe department of Bloomingdale's . . . and dies. It's not long before Judith Singer, former housewife, current widow, and local history professor, decides to investigate. She cannot believe the official ruling: that her wildly successful, confident, and iron-willed neighbor committed suicide with a drug overdose. Vanessa was buying shoes, and Judith knows accessorizing is a life-affirming act. So was it foul play?Tracking the gossip about the late Vanessa and trusting her own acute instincts about human nature, Judith encounters more than a few surprises (including a big romantic one) as she investigates the death--and the life--of the misjudged mogul who turned out to have been more vulnerable than anyone guessed.This ebook features an afterword by Susan Isaacs, as well as an illustrated biography of the author including rare images from her personal collection.