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By Jonathan Santlofer, Jervey Tervalon, Jerry Stahl, Gary Phillips, Joseph Mattson. 2013
A wide range of bestselling and acclaimed writers from masters of noir to literary lights explore… the milieu of drug culture in this eye-opening series New York Journal of Books From Lee Child to William T Vollmann Joyce Carol Oates to Sherman Alexie Eric Bogosian to actor James Franco many of the finest contemporary writers of fiction weigh in on the lure and destruction of drug use society s ambiguous relationship to drug culture and criminal behavior with short stories that are alternately harrowing funny sad or scary but always original and gripping The Cocaine Chronicles edited by Gary Phillips and Jervey Tervalon Contributors include Lee Child Laura Lippman Ken Bruen and Susan Straight Urban gritty and raw noir Harlan Coben The Speed Chronicles edited by Joseph Mattson Contributors include William T Vollmann Sherman Alexie James Franco and Megan Abbott Deserves great praise for the audacity of the topic the depth of the discussion the diversity of voices and plain old good storytelling New York Journal of Books The Heroin Chronicles edited by Jerry Stahl Contributors include Eric Bogosian Lydia Lunch Ava Stander and Gary Phillips An impressive array of writers these tales of chasing the dragon with corollaries often violent and savage will satisfy devotees of noir fiction and outsider are alike Publishers Weekly The Marijuana Chronicles edited by Jonathan Santlofer Contributors include Joyce Carol Oates Lee Child Raymond Mungo and Rachel Shteir Joyce Carol Oates is in a rare class of her own So too are other contributors to this collection including Lee Child and the always enjoyable Raymond Mungo Kirkus Reviews
By Ernest J. Gaines, Ann Brewster Dobie. 2006
Wide Awake in the Pelican State -- which mimics the title of Dinty W. Moore's contribution to the collection --… brings together twenty-one of the finest modern writers who claim Louisiana as home, having lived all or some part of their lives in the Pelican State. Each author shares the knack of telling a good story, a Louisiana tradition that dates back two hundred years to the tales told by African American griots and the stories swapped among Mississippi river workers on boats, in taverns, and around campfires.Though united by talent and place, these writers speak with inflections that vary by gender, race, education, religion, and time spent elsewhere. Their stories are also richly diverse, ranging from Ernest Gaines's humorous portrait of black culture in rural Louisiana to Tim Parrish's aching depiction of white working-class family life in Baton Rouge, from Ellen Gilchrist's acerbically funny rendering of wealthy New Orleans bankers to Richard Ford's flinty unfolding of a father-son relationship in the marshy netherworld south of the Crescent City. The pieces span the full swath of Louisiana experience, be it the life of a Vietnamese refugee in Lake Charles or the miraculous appearance of the image of Jesus on a refrigerator in Holly Springs.In addition to their Louisiana-rooted inspiration and highest regard for craft, the stories in Wide Awake in the Pelican State share a deep humanity. These are stories about people -- noble and nefarious, some living high and others down on their luck -- as they fathom the tragic depths and comic heights of love, betrayal, family, change, and life writ large.Contributors to Wide Awake in the Pelican State: John Biguenet, James Lee Burke, Robert Olen Butler, Kelly Cherry, Moira Crone, Albert Belisle Davis, Charles deGravelles, John Dufresne, Richard Ford, Ernest J. Gaines, Louis Gallo, Tim Gautreaux, Norman German, Ellen Gilchrist, Joan Arbour Grant, Shirley Ann Grau, Dinty W. Moore, Tim Parrish, Tom Piazza, Nancy Richard, James Wilcox.
By Lee Smith, Bradford Morrow, Martine Bellen. 1997
For Tributes, Conjunctions invited a number of contemporary writers to pay homage to American literary masters who made something possible… for them—whether that was the act of writing itself, writing a certain book, writing in a particular manner, or living in a way that was consonant with the act of writing. This is an anthology of personal enthusiasms, a colloquium Whitman might have seen as a progress of vistas. John Sayles offers an appreciation of Nelson Algren, Robert Creeley of Edwin Arlington Robinson, Nathaniel Mackey on Walt Whitman. And then there’s Rick Moody on John Cheever, Ben Marcus on Dr. Seuss, Mona Simpson on Henry James, Ana Castillo on Anaïs Nin, Anne Waldman on Jack Kerouac, Lydia Davis on Edward Dahlberg. All in all, forty-five authors share compelling tales of their adopted literary parentage.
By Laura Furman. 2018
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018 contains twenty prize-winning stories chosen from thousands published in literary magazines over the previous… year. The winning stories come from a mix of established writers and emerging voices, and are uniformly breathtaking. They are accompanied by essays from the eminent jurors on their favorites, observations from the winning writers on what inspired their stories, and an extensive resource list of magazines that publish short fiction."The Tomb of Wrestling," Jo Ann Beard, Tin House "Counterblast," Marjorie Celona, The Southern Review "Nayla," Youmna Chlala, Prairie Schooner "Lucky Dragon," Viet Dinh, Ploughshares "Stop ’n’ Go," Michael Parker, New England Review "Past Perfect Continuous," Dounia Choukri, Chicago Quarterly Review "Inversion of Marcia," Thomas Bolt, n+1 "Nights in Logar," Jamil Jan Kochai, A Public Space "How We Eat," Mark Jude Poirier, Epoch "Deaf and Blind," Lara Vapnyar, The New Yorker "Why Were They Throwing Bricks?," Jenny Zhang, n+1 "An Amount of Discretion," Lauren Alwan, The Southern Review "Queen Elizabeth," Brad Felver, One Story "The Stamp Collector," Dave King, Fence "More or Less Like a Man," Michael Powers, The Threepenny Review "The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies," Jo Lloyd, Zoetrope "Up Here," Tristan Hughes, Ploughshares "The Houses That Are Left Behind," Brenda Walker, The Kenyon Review "We Keep Them Anyway," Stephanie A. Vega, The Threepenny Review "Solstice," Anne Enright, The New YorkerPrize Jury for 2018: Fiona McFarlane, Ottessa Moshfegh, Elizabeth Tallent
By Ronald Glasser. 1980
An army doctor s classic Vietnam War memoir a National Book Award Finalist and … a book of great emotional impact plus two powerful novels The New York Times Published in 1971 with the Vietnam War still raging Ronald Glasser s unflinching memoir of one doctor s experience with the human cost of the devastating conflict was hailed by William Styron as a moving account about tremendous courage and often immeasurable suffering A valuable and redemptive work 365 Days quickly became a powerful anti-war statement of the time that still resonates today selling over two hundred thousand copies Turning to fiction Glasser continued to draw on his own experience as a doctor in the Vietnam War and as an intern in a pediatric ward to craft novels of gripping drama and heartfelt poignancy 365 Days In 1968 as a serviceman in the Vietnam War Ronald Glasser a pediatrician was sent to Japan to work at the US Army hospital tending to children of officers and government officials But he was soon caught up in the waves of casualties that poured in from every Vietnam front In 365 Days Glasser reveals a candid and shocking account of that harrowing experience giving voice to the wounded the maimed the dead with unflinching candor and compassionate humanity The most convincing most moving account I have yet to read about what it was like to be an American soldier in Vietnam Newsweek Another War Another Peace Assigned to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War an idealistic young doctor forms an unlikely bond with his driver a battle-hardened soldier as they struggle to bring medical aid to Vietnamese villagers The author of the remarkable classic 365 Days has in this small novel written with such power about a young American doctor in the war zone that surely he has added another memorable book to the literature of those ghastly years Gloria Emerson author of Winners Losers Ward 402 In this gripping authentic and impassioned novel an intern on pediatric Ward 402 fights to save an eleven-year-old girl with advanced leukemia which her parents believe to be terminal Dr Glasser can describe a medical emergency in a way that makes the entire scene spring to life This is good and exciting writing The New York Times Book Review
By Mayra Santos-Febres. 2016
Santos-Febres and 13 other contributors of Puerto Rican heritage take full advantage of San Juan s wide range of disparities… between rich and poor weak and powerful tourists and residents in this fine addition to Akashic s noir anthology series --Publisher s Weekly I have never been to San Juan Puerto Rico but I traveled some of its streets in these stories Of course the city is more than noir That s what I love about the Akashic Noir stories these are not the Tourist Bureau stories of the city They are gritty sometimes nasty sometimes gross but always interesting - Tonstant Weader Reviews San Juan Noir is a brilliantly polished literary gem that showcases life on the fringes of society Every tale glows in its own darkness piercingly tugging at the remnants of human decency We must do better it screams Yes we must Highly recommended -- Jamaica GleanerAkashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book Brand-new stories by Wilfredo J Burgos Matos Ernesto Qui onez Mayra Santos-Febres Jos Rabelo Luis Negr n Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro Ana Mar a Fuster Lav n Janette Becerra Manolo N ez Negr n Tere D vila Edmaris Carazo Alejandro lvarez Nieves Charlie V zquez and Manuel A Mel ndez Translated by Will Vanderhyden From the introduction by Mayra Santos-Febres Puerto Rico is often portrayed as sandy beaches casinos luxury hotels relaxation and never-ending pleasure--a place that satisfies all senses and appetites Yet the city of San Juan is much more than that The capital of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is the oldest Spanish settlement in all the territories and colonies of the United States Since Puerto Rico is economically dependent on the US the financial downturn of 2008 hit us hard Many Puerto Ricans have left the island looking for a better life Crime has risen and the black market has thrived As in many crises art music and literature have also flourished Never before has there been so much literary production We have responded to our crisis with many stories to tell And especially in these times many of those stories are noir I hope these stories spark your imagination and reveal a side of Puerto Rico otherwise obscured by the tourist trade and preconceptions Maybe it will also pique your curiosity and you will come visit our pearl of the Caribbean
By Mayra Santos-Febres. 2016
"Santos-Febres and 13 other contributors of Puerto Rican heritage take full advantage of San Juan's wide range of disparities between… rich and poor, weak and powerful, tourists and residents, in this fine addition to Akashic's noir anthology series."--Publisher's Weekly"I have never been to San Juan, Puerto Rico, but I traveled some of its streets in these stories. Of course, the city is more than noir. That's what I love about the Akashic Noir stories, these are not the Tourist Bureau stories of the city. They are gritty, sometimes nasty, sometimes gross, but always interesting."- Tonstant Weader Reviews"San Juan Noir is a brilliantly polished literary gem that showcases life on the fringes of society. Every tale glows in its own darkness, piercingly tugging at the remnants of human decency. We must do better, it screams. Yes, we must. Highly recommended."-- Jamaica GleanerAkashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.Brand-new stories by: Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos, Ernesto Quiñonez, Mayra Santos-Febres, José Rabelo, Luis Negrón, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Ana María Fuster Lavín, Janette Becerra, Manolo Núñez Negrón, Tere Dávila, Edmaris Carazo, Alejandro Álvarez Nieves, Charlie Vázquez, and Manuel A. Meléndez. Translated by Will Vanderhyden.From the introduction by Mayra Santos-Febres:"Puerto Rico is often portrayed as sandy beaches, casinos, luxury hotels, relaxation, and never-ending pleasure--a place that satisfies all senses and appetites.Yet the city of San Juan is much more than that. The capital of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is the oldest Spanish settlement in all the territories and colonies of the United States. Since Puerto Rico is economically dependent on the US, the financial downturn of 2008 hit us hard. Many Puerto Ricans have left the island, looking for a better life. Crime has risen and the black market has thrived. As in many crises, art, music, and literature have also flourished. Never before has there been so much literary production. We have responded to our crisis with many stories to tell. And, especially in these times, many of those stories are noir...I hope these stories spark your imagination, and reveal a side of Puerto Rico otherwise obscured by the tourist trade and preconceptions. Maybe it will also pique your curiosity, and you will come visit our 'pearl of the Caribbean.'"
By Mauricio R B Campos, Lydia Del Devoto. 2015
Mosaicos Urbanos un opera che raccoglie parte degli scritti dell autore dal 2011 a oggi Sono… narrazioni e variazioni sul tema dell amore e dell esistenza lo smarrimento e i sentimenti contraddittori sempre presenti nell essere umano Un po di prosa poetica e un po di poesia incidentale Molti racconti del libro sono stati premiati o hanno ottenuto riconoscimenti speciali in svariati concorsi letterari
By Jan Karon. 2005
A collection of Father Tim's favorite words of wisdom and spiritual inspiration--from the bestselling author of At Home in Mitford… and Somebody Safe with Somebody Good For years, Mitford's Father Tim Kavanagh has transcribed into his dog-eared journals words of wisdom, faith, and encouragement. Written in his own hand or typed on his idiosyncratic Royal typewriter, A Continual Feast contains the lively ideas, common sense, profound wisdom, and plain good humor he has gleaned from the likes of C. S. Lewis, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Helen Keller, G. K. Chesterton, and Will Rogers, to name just a few. Together with its successful companion volume, Patches of Godlight, Father Tim's latest quote journal is sure proof of the truth of an entry from Lord Byron: "A small drop of ink produces that which makes thousands think."
By Malcolm Cowley, Carl Bode. 1946
This volume edited by Carl Bode in collaboration with Malcolm Cowley presents the essential Emerson selected from… works that eloquently express the philosophy of a worldly idealist The Portable Emerson comprises essays including History Self-Reliance The Over-Soul Circles and The Poet Emerson s first book Nature in its entirety twenty-two poems including Uriel The Humble-Bee and Give All to Love orations including The American Scholar The Fugitive Slave Law and John Brown English Traits complete and biographical essays on Plato Napoleon Henry David Thoreau Thomas Carlyle and others
By Rachel Kramer Bussel. 2010
Men are the ones gifted with all sorts of power in our society but a dirty little secret is… that so many of them long to strip themselves of this power to be tied down gagged spanked taken and owned They want to ease the burdens of manliness if only for a little while to be ordered to do all the naughty things of which they ve dreamed Please Ma am shows some of the tantalizing possibilities out there for sniveling men and the women who love them Best-selling erotica editor Rachel Kramer Bussel has gathered together top voices in the genre including Stephen Elliott Alison Tyler Dominic Santi and many more In Please Ma am men willingly submit to the deliciously dominant women who entertain their deepest desires and give them the treatment they crave
By Luise Von Flotow, Christa Wolf. 2012
First published in 1963 in East Germany They Divided the Sky tells the story of a young couple… living in the new socialist East Germany whose relationship is tested to the extreme not only because of the political positions they gradually develop but very concretely by the Berlin Wall which went up on August 13 1961 The story is set in 1960 and 1961 a moment of high political cold war tension between the East Bloc and the West a time when many thousands of people were leaving the young German Democratic Republic the GDR every day in order to seek better lives in West Germany or escape the political ideology of the new country that promoted the farmer and peasant state over a state run by intellectuals or capitalists The construction of the Wall put an end to this hemorrhaging of human capital but separated families friends and lovers for thirty years The conflicts of the time permeate the relations between characters in the book at every level and strongly affect the relationships that Rita the protagonist has not only with colleagues at work and at the teacher s college she attends but also with her partner Manfred an intellectual and academic and his family They also lead to an accident attempted suicide that send her to hospital in a coma and that provide the backdrop for the flashbacks that make up the narrative Wolf s first full-length novel published when she was thirty-five years old was both a great literary success and a political scandal Accused of having a decadent attitude with regard to the new socialist Germany and deliberately misrepresenting the workers who are the foundation of this new state Wolf survived a wave of political and other attacks after its publication She went on to create a screenplay from the novel and participate in making the film version More importantly she went on to become the best-known East German writer of her generation a writer who established an international reputation and never stopped working toward improving the socialist reality of the GDR
By Paul Negri. 2005
"To buy books would be a good thing," observed Arthur Schopenhauer, "if we also could buy the time to read… them." All devoted readers long for more time to spend with their books, and the next best thing to buying time is making the most of the available moments. Great Short Short Stories: Quick Reads by Great Writers offers that opportunity. An outstanding collection of 30 brilliant short stories, each just six or fewer pages in length, it provides the chance to absorb an entire story (or two or three) in just one sitting.Well-known tales from masters of the short-story genre include: Mark Twain, "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"; Franz Kafka, "A Country Doctor"; Edgar Allan Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado"; Guy de Maupassant, "A Piece of String"; Stephen Crane, "The Veteran"; Kate Chopin, "A Pair of Silk Stockings"; plus works by Dickens, O. Henry, Chekhov, Wilde, and many others. Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "A White Heron" and "Cask of Amontillado."
By Bradford Morrow. 2008
Conjunctions milestone fiftieth issue gathers together the many voices forms and styles that have defined… the legendary literary journal since it was launched by Bradford Morrow in 1981 Established masters like William H Gass John Ashbery Richard Powers Edwidge Danticat Rae Armantrout Robert Coover and Lyn Hejinian join rising stars such as Ben Marcus Paul La Farge Edie Meidav and Peter Orner to create a landmark compendium of stunning new work This very special anniversary celebration showcases fifty of our foremost fiction writers and poets
By Carol Taylor. 2004
An instant attraction, a lingering look, the electric touch of skin on skin, moments of passion that are unforgettable....if the… first two Brown Sugar collections left you wanting more, then slip into Brown Sugar 3, as 19 of today's top writers reveal what happens when opposites attract. The first Brown Sugar anthology and its follow-up, Brown Sugar 2, were literary and commercial successes. Brown Sugar won the Gold Pen Award for Best Short Story Collection. Now Brown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract brings you more original stories about desire -- be it impulsive, forbidden, or simply unexpected. As insightful as they are sexy, these selections range from subtly romantic to raw and raunchy, from conventional to seriously kinky. You'll satisfy your taste for brown sugar in this deliciously naughty collection.
By Zane. 2004
As a bestselling author and successful publisher of Strebor Books, Zane's name is synonymous with popular fiction -- especially erotica.… Her website, Eroticanoir.com, gets over a million hits a year from around the world, and her fans look forward to every one of her publishing ventures with eager anticipation. Chocolate Flava is the first in a series of collections of great erotic fiction edited by Zane, the reigning queen of erotica. Based on the Featured Erotica section of her website, Chocolate Flava gathers twenty-five sizzling tales from some of the most talented -- and dedicated -- writers of erotica working today. This is a his-and-her collection. There are stories specifically written with female readers in mind, and others written expressly for men. Among the contributors are names already familiar to readers of erotica, such as Reginald Harris, Robert Edison Sandiford, Jonathan Luckett and, of course, Zane -- as well as emerging voices, such as Geneva Barnes and Robert Scott Adams. What they all have in common is that they are great at what they do, and have been handpicked by Zane -- an editor who knows a hot story when she sees it. Zane wanted stories "that took risks, that explored unique situations, that were creative beyond compare." She wanted to show that men and women can equally express themselves through the medium of erotic fiction. She wanted stories that would turn her on. This collection of selected sexy short stories will turn you on, too.
By Achy Obejas. 2009
Ruins has been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program!A true believer is faced with a… choice between love for his family and the Cuban Revolution."Daring, tough, and deeply compassionate, Achy Obejas's Ruins is a breathtaker. Obejas writes like an angel, which is to say: gloriously . . . one of the Cuba's most important writers." --Junot Diaz, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction"In the Havana of Ruins, scarcity can only be fought with ingenuity, and the characters work very hard at the exquisite art of getting by. The plot rests on the schemes of its weary, obsessive, dreamy hero--a character so brilliantly drawn that he can't be dismissed or forgotten. A tender and wildly accurate portrait, in a gem of a novel." --Joan Silber, author of The Size of the World"Obejas evinces a new, focused lyricism as she penetrates to the very heart of the Cuban paradox in a story as pared down and intense as its narrator's life." --Booklist (*starred review*)"Compassionate and intriguing . . . Obejas plays out [the book's] conflicts in measured, simple prose, allowing her descriptions of the mundane--houses, food, dominoes--to illuminate a setting filled with heartbreak, confusion and decay . . . At her best, Obejas controls the mixture of humor and pathos that suffuse this poor community." --Los Angeles Times"Ruins is a beautifully written novel, a moving testament to the human spirit of an unlikely hero who remains unbroken even as the world collapses around him . . . A fine literary achievement, it's Achy Obejas at her very best." --El Paso Times"[A] superb novel . . . Highly recommended." --Library Journal"[An] honest and superbly written book." --Miami Herald"With the deft and evocative detail of a poet's, Obejas's prose is as illuminating and honest as her struggling protagonist." --Publishers WeeklyUsnavy has always been a true believer. When the Cuban Revolution triumphed in 1959, he was just a young man and eagerly signed on for all of its promises. But as the years have passed, the sacrifices have outweighed the glories and he's become increasingly isolated in his revolutionary zeal. His friends openly mock him, his wife dreams of owning a car totally outside their reach, and his beloved fourteen-year-old daughter haunts the coast of Havana, staring north.In the summer of 1994, a few years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the government allows Cubans to leave at will and on whatever will float. More than 100,000 flee--including Usnavy's best friend. Things seem to brighten when he stumbles across what may or may not be a priceless Tiffany lamp that reveals a lost family secret and fuels his long repressed feelings . . . But now Usnavy is faced with a choice between love for his family and the Revolution that has shaped his entire life.Achy Obejas is the author of various books, including the award-winning novel Days of Awe and the best-selling poetry chapbook This Is What Happened in Our Other Life. She is the editor of Akashic's critically acclaimed crime-fiction anthology Havana Noir, and the translator (into Spanish) for Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Currently, she is the Sor Juana Writer in Residence at DePaul University in Chicago. She was born in Havana and continues to spend extended time there.
By Geoffrey Chaucer, Theodore Morrison. 1949
In the fourteenth century Geoffrey Chaucer, who served three kings as a customs official and special envoy, virtually invented English… poetry. He did so by wedding the language of common speech to metrical verse, creating a medium that could accommodate tales of courtly romance, bawdy fabliaux, astute psychological portraiture, dramatic monologues, moral allegories, and its author’s astonishing learning in fields from philosophy to medicine and astrology. Chaucer’s accomplishment is unequalled by any poet before Shakespeare andin The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Cressidaranks with that of the great English novelists. Both The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Cressida are presented complete in this anthology, in fresh modern translations by Theodore Morrison that convey both the gravity and gaiety of the Middle English originals. The Portable Chaucer also contains selections from The Book of Duchess, The House of Fame, The Bird's Parliament, and The Legend of Good Women, together with short poems. Morrison's introduction is vital for its insights into Chaucer as man and artist, and as a product of the Middle Ages whose shrewdness, humor, and compassion have a wonderfully contemporary ring. .
By Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 2018
Get an inside look at Algonquin s outstanding forthcoming fiction with the Spring 2018 Algonquin Reader Discover… the inspiration behind each book through an original essay by the author Then enjoy a short preview of each novel The books featured in this issue are The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel On Sale May 2018Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill On Sale February 2018Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison On Sale April 2018Remind Me Again What Happened by Joanna Luloff On Sale June 2018The Price of the Haircut Stories by Brock Clarke On Sale March 2018Southernmost by Silas House On Sale June 2018 Cover illustration by Mark Hoffmann
By Beth Follett. 2001
Tell It Slant is a bold, luscious first novel by Beth Follett, publisher of one of Canada's most exciting and… respected small presses, Pedlar Press. The novel tells - slantedly, of course - the story of Nora Flood, a young woman who lives between two sets of voices: those of her own fragmented desires and the internalized voices of western culture, which have always denigrated or refused her deepest desires. She struggles with these contradictory forces, overwhelmed, at times mute, seeking the roots of her psychosexual malaise, searching for the possibility of her own true voice, caught in an obsession that drags her away from the exploration of her own appetites and hungers into its sterile heart. But through the interventions of Djuna Barnes, creator of the literary Nora Flood of Barnes' novel Nightwood, this Nora begins to slip between the cracks and fissures of obsession to shape a life of her own. With language that is lush and startling and a shape that is disjointed and elliptical, Tell It Slant is a brave and beautiful book.